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Preparing for Shoulder Arthroscopy: What to Expect?

Preparing for shoulder arthroscopy is an important step to ensure a smooth and successful procedure. Here's what you can expect when getting ready for shoulder arthroscopy in simple terms:

  1. Preoperative Evaluation: Before the surgery, your healthcare team will conduct a thorough evaluation. This may include a physical examination, a review of your medical history, and possibly some imaging tests like X-ray, or MRI to assess the condition of your shoulder joint.
  2. Preparing for Surgery: Your healthcare provider will provide instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. This may involve fasting for a certain period before surgery to ensure your stomach is empty. You may also need to avoid certain medications that could increase the risk of bleeding during the procedure.
  3. Anesthesia: You will be given anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable and pain-free during the surgery. The type of anesthesia used can vary, and your healthcare team will explain the options and help you decide which one is best for you.
  4. Procedure Details: During shoulder arthroscopy, small incisions will be made in your shoulder to allow the arthroscope and surgical instruments to be inserted. The arthroscope is a small camera that provides a clear view of the inside of your shoulder joint on a monitor. Your surgeon will use these instruments to diagnose and treat the specific problem in your shoulder, such as repairing a tear or removing damaged tissue.
  5. Recovery and Rehabilitation: After the procedure, you will be shifted to a recovery area, where you will be monitored closely as you wake up from anesthesia. You may experience some pain and discomfort, but your healthcare team will provide appropriate pain management.
  6. Physical Therapy: Following shoulder arthroscopy, physical therapy will be an essential part of your recovery. It will help you regain strength, flexibility, and range of motion in your shoulder. Your physical therapist will guide you with exercises and activities to gradually restore the function of your shoulder joint.
  7. Follow-up Care: Your healthcare provider will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your condition and ensure that your shoulder is healing properly. They will provide instructions on postoperative care, including wound care, activity restrictions, and any necessary medications.