What is Shoulder Arthroscopy?
Shoulder Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to treat a large number of shoulder conditions. Shoulder arthroscopy has a faster recovery time compared to open surgery. The arthroscope allows for a better view of all the anatomy inside the shoulder joint as well as the surrounding area compared to open surgery.
An arthroscope is a tiny medical camera about the size of a pencil. It is inserted into the shoulder through a small incision called a portal. The view from the scope is shown on a monitor above the patient. Miniature surgical instruments are inserted through other portals to perform the shoulder repair. Arthroscopy has become the standard of care for treating most shoulder surgical conditions, such that less and less open surgery is required. Arthroscopic techniques and innovations continue to develop and improve over time. Dr. Cunningham is a shoulder surgeon at Vail Summit Orthopedics and Neurosurgery. He is an expert at diagnosing and treating shoulder conditions for patients in Vail, Summit County, Aspen, and Denver, CO.