Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the arthroscopic shoulder procedure and shoulder operation the same?
No, arthroscopic shoulder procedure and shoulder operation are not the same. The primary distinction between minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery and traditional open surgery is the size of the incision used to repair the patient's joint. In comparison to open surgeries, arthroscopic surgeries have a lower infection risk and a shorter recovery time. Shoulder arthroscopy is also less prone to causing joint stiffness and pain than open surgery. Previously, the only method doctors used was an open approach.
2. Who should opt for arthroscopic shoulder repair?
Patients who suffer from shoulder pain or have limited shoulder function may benefit from arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Most people who have suffered a shoulder injury and have not found relief through nonsurgical treatments may benefit from a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
3. What are the common arthroscopy techniques?
Simple knee arthroscopic debridement, arthroscopic cartilage reconstruction, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, and meniscus repair are all common arthroscopic procedures to ensure a safe and smooth case.
4. Are there any food restrictions for the procedure?
In general, you will be asked to quit eating or drinking anything for several hours before the surgery. Avoiding food and drinks before surgery can protect you from dangerous complications during the procedure, particularly those caused by anesthesia.
5. How to prepare for the procedure?
- Get a medical examination, blood testing, and urine analysis to rule out any potential problems.
- Certain medications, such as blood thinners, should be adjusted.
- Control any health issues, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
6. What to avoid after the shoulder arthroscopic surgery procedure?
During the first six weeks after the surgery, you should avoid reaching, lifting, pushing, or pulling with your shoulder. You should not use the operative arm to reach behind your back. You can take your arm out of the sling several times a day to bend and straighten your elbow and move your fingers.
7. Can I do exercises after shoulder surgery?
Not immediately! However, regular mild exercises to restore motion and flexibility to your shoulder, as well as a gradual return to your daily activities, is vital for full recovery after shoulder surgery. Follow your doctor’s instructions on this.
8. What is the shoulder arthroscopy recovery time?
Recovery can take anywhere from one to six months. For the first week, you will most likely need to wear a sling. If you had a lot of repairs done, you may have to wear the sling for a longer period of time. You can take pain medication to alleviate your discomfort.
9. When to see the arthroscopic surgeon or doctor after the surgery?
You can visit your Arthroscopic doctor once a week or as advised by your doctor after your surgery. Immediately consult your doctor if you experience any kind of pain or discomfort.
10. What is the cost of arthroscopy shoulder surgery in India?
The cost of such surgeries varies from city to city and hospital to hospital. It also depends on the severity of your condition. Enquire about the shoulder surgery package before you finalise one.