Small incisions will be made in the shoulder. A special tool called an arthroscope will be inserted. An arthroscope is a flexible tube with a light at the end and a camera attached. This will allow the doctor to view the inside of the shoulder on a screen. Tiny instruments will be inserted into the other incisions. The joint will be examined. The last tip of the clavicle with be cut off with a special tool. Other repairs may be done. The arthroscope will be removed. The incisions will be closed with stitches. A bandage will be placed over the area.
How Long Will It Take?
About 1 hour
Will It Hurt?
Pain and swelling are common in the first few weeks. Medicine and home care can help.
Average Hospital Stay
Most people leave the same day. If you have any problems, you may need to stay longer.
At the Care Center
Right after the procedure, the staff may:
Give you pain medicine
Raise the shoulder to ease swelling
Apply ice to the area
Put your arm in a sling to support the shoulder
Physical therapy will be started soon after the procedure.
During your stay, staff will take steps to lower your chance of infection, such as:
Washing their hands
Wearing gloves or masks
Keeping your incisions covered
You can also lower your chance of infection by:
Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and staff to do the same
Reminding staff to wear gloves or masks
Not letting others touch your incisions
It may take one month to heal. Physical activity will be limited during recovery. You may need to ask for help with daily activities and delay return to work.
Call Your Doctor
Call the doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
Signs of infection, such as fever and chills
Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incisions
Numbness or tingling in the arm, shoulder, or hand
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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