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Shoulder Arthroscopy

For dislocations, impingement, labral tears and more

Written by Dr Chien-Wen Liew

Something happened to your shoulder, and now it is painful. It may have dislocated playing elite sport, or you may have just woken up with pain that doesn’t go away…

This guide is to help you learn more about how key hole (arthroscopic) surgery to your shoulder can help. When is the right time to consider it?

Arthroscopy of the shoulder means performing surgery through very small cuts (1cm in size). This avoids having to place large cuts around the shoulder, and minimises damage to soft tissues. Shoulder arthroscopy is an advanced way of viewing and treating many conditions. The shoulder joint is a complex joint, that requires specific instruments during surgery.

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Shoulder Bursitis

Overhead activities, and difficulties reaching behind your back may indicate subacromial bursitis. The bursa is a normal part of the shoulder, but can become inflamed and painful. Non operative treatment is the usual method of treatment, until it is no longer effective.

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Shoulder Dislocations

A fall onto your outstretched hand can cause a shoulder dislocation. This means that the ball (humeral head) falls out of place from the socket (glenoid). This is usually reduced (put back into place) at the time of the injury, or if too long has passed, then a small procedure is required. The younger you are, the higher the change of redislocation if surgery is not performed.

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How to Manage
Subacromial Bursitis
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Non Operative Management

Tips to use before you consider shoulder surgery

Shoulder bursitis is an unpleasant sensation. You will find overhead activities difficult, and can have pain even putting on your seatbelt, or trying to reach behind you back. Luckily, the majority of bursitis conditions settle with time and non operative management. A good regimen to try is short bursts of anti-inflammatories (if allowed by your GP), physiotherapy to strengthen the small rotator cuff muscles (highly recommended) and then an injection with steroid.

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