Arthroscopic Technique Revolutionizes Shoulder Surgery in Phoenix

Minimally invasive surgery technique, Arthroscopy has revolutionized shoulder surgeries. Large, open incisions are no longer required. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery causes lesser trauma to healthy tendons, ligaments and muscle while reaching the joint. Any problems in the shoulder joint can be treated using very small incisions around the joint. Here are a few treatments that can be done using arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

Labral tears

Labral tears refer to tears of the capsule of the shoulder (the labrum). Although smaller tears can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, a course of physical therapy, and possibly a cortisone injection, larger tears need surgery. This surgery can be performed arthroscopically using small anchors drilled into the bone. Then the labral tissue is sewn back into place.

Rotator cuff tears

Tears of the rotator cuff may occur after an acute traumatic episode, such as a shoulder dislocation. But often rotator cuff tears are related to overuse and wear and tear over time. Fuller rotator cuff tears may require surgery.

These repairs are done arthroscopically or in a minimally invasive manner without injuring the deltoid. This allows patients to get back to normal quickly and painlessly.


Arthroscopic shoulder surgery can be performed without general anesthesia. That eliminates the risks associated with anesthesia. It does not cause much damage to the surrounding tissues, shortening recovery time and hospital stays.

To consult your surgeon to determine whether you are a good candidate for arthroscopic shoulder surgery, call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic at or visit


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