An arthroscope is a device that is inserted into the joint. The arthroscope includes a tiny camera that is connected to a screen used by Dr Biggs to see inside your shoulder joint.
If necessary other surgical instruments are inserted through additional small incisions. These other instruments can be used to perform repair or removal of material from the joint.
Dr Biggs uses a minimally invasive Arthroscopic approach for most shoulder procedures. Arthroscopy is used for:
- Diagnosis - to see clearly inside the joint
- Treatment - to affect a specific outcome
The benefits of arthroscopy include
- Smaller incisions with little scarring
- Faster postoperative recovery
- Less pain and lower complication rates
- Easier progression toward regaining full Hip movement
Dr Biggs can perform some arthroscopic surgical procedures on an outpatient basis. This means patients can return home the same day of the procedure.
Risks with Shoulder Arthroscopy?
Complications are not common but can occur. Prior to making any decision to have surgery, it is important that you discuss any concerns with Dr Biggs and understand the potential risks so that you can make an informed decision regarding the surgery’s advantages and disadvantages.
While complications due to surgery are uncommon they can occur, the following are some:
- Risk of infection,
- Postoperative bleeding
- Clotting in the leg (deep vein thrombosis - DVT) .
If there are any postoperative concerns or pain, please do not hesitate in contacting Dr Biggs or the rooms.