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Shoulder Arthroscopy Specialist

Landsberg Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Hendersonville, TN

Shoulder arthroscopy is often a much better option than having open surgery for problems like rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, and shoulder instability. If you have a shoulder condition that might need surgical intervention, Robert Landsberg, MD, FRCS(C), FAAOS, and Jessica Mitchell, PA-C, at Landsberg Orthopaedics in Hendersonville, Tennessee, can help. Dr. Landsberg is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in performing minimally invasive shoulder arthroscopy. To benefit from his expertise, call Landsberg Orthopaedics today or book an appointment online.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Q & A

What is shoulder arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which Dr. Landsberg makes a number of small incisions in your shoulder joint. He inserts an instrument fitted with a camera (the arthroscope) that relays images of the joint’s interior to a monitor.

Using these images to guide him, Dr. Landsberg can perform a variety of investigations and corrective surgeries without the need to make large cuts in your shoulder. This approach has numerous advantages over open surgery, such as:

  • Less pain
  • Less chance of complications
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Minimal scarring

Many shoulder arthroscopy procedures take place on an outpatient basis, allowing you to return home within a few hours of your operation.

Why might I need shoulder arthroscopy?

You might need to undergo shoulder arthroscopy if you have an injury or disorder such as:

  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Tendinitis
  • Shoulder instability
  • Arthritis
  • Fracture
  • Labral tear
  • Articular cartilage damage
  • Ruptured ligament
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Frozen shoulder

Unless your injury requires urgent surgery — for example, if you shatter the joint — then nonsurgical treatments are typically effective in treating shoulder problems.

Dr. Landsberg uses a combination of methods including physical therapy, medication, steroid injections, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to treat most shoulder conditions. If these methods aren’t improving your symptoms, you might benefit from shoulder arthroscopy.

Dr. Landsberg can also use shoulder arthroscopy to examine the structures and tissues in the joint more closely if the cause of your symptoms isn’t clear after having X-rays or scans.

What type of shoulder arthroscopy might I need?

The procedure Dr. Landsberg performs during your shoulder arthroscopy depends on the type of injury you have. Examples include:

Rotator cuff repair

Dr. Landsberg may need to repair the muscles and tendons in your rotator cuff, which surrounds the joint, or reconstruct the tendons or ligaments if they’re too badly torn to repair.

Reconstruction might involve using a tissue graft taken from your body (autograft) or a donor (allograft). Dr. Landsberg can also remove or repair the labrum and take out inflamed tissues and loose cartilage.

Bankart repair

A Bankart repair is an approach to treating shoulder instability from repeated dislocations. The repair involves taking out damaged tissue and bone spurs that might be rubbing on the tendons. Dr. Landsberg then reattaches the torn ligaments to the bone.

If you have shoulder pain, you could benefit from Dr. Landsberg’s expertise in shoulder arthroscopy. Call Landsberg Orthopaedics today or book an appointment online.