Arthroscopic shoulder surgery involves a small camera attached to the end of a tube. The camera goes through a small stab incision, allowing the surgeon to view the shoulder joint as well as the structures surrounding it. This gives Dr. Kjeldgaard the opportunity to more accurately diagnose the patient’s condition and either fix the problem or develop a proper treatment.
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is an outpatient procedure. The patient generally receives a nerve block with anesthesia that completely numbs the extremity. The patient might also be put under light sedation and sleep through the surgery. For Dr.Kjeldgaard, the surgery is done in about an hour. Once the procedure is complete, the patient is allowed to go home. Usually the patient feels a fair amount of relief the day of the surgery from the nerve block done by the anesthesia, making recovery quite easy and smooth.
With more invasive surgeries, full recovery can take several months. However, because arthroscopic shoulder surgery only involves a small incision, the patient can typically return to their normal routine and full activities as early as a couple weeks after the surgery is performed.
After the surgery, your Fort Worth orthopedic surgeon will help you develop a plan for physical therapy. This physical therapy regimen, and if necessary a pain management plan, will help you regain full use of your shoulder and extremity more quickly as well as prevent a relapse in the pathology or injury.