Shoulder Arthroscopy


Key Points

Arthoscopy is a minimally invasive way to do surgery on joints

This technique can be used as a tool to diagnose a problem of a joint when other noninvasive tests are inconclusive

A surgeon can more thoroughly examine a joint and more acurately treat the problem

The patient has less pain and will recover quicker than with traditional surgery

 

Method of shoulder arthroscopy:

 

 

Below are athroscopic views of normal and shoulders that have diseases

  • Below is a normal humeral head and glenoid of the shoulder

  • Below is a humeral head that has a loose OCD cartilage flap

  • Below is an OCD flap being elevated by a probe

  • Below is a photo of the OCD flap grasped by a pair of forceps in preparation for removal from the joint

  • Below is a photo of the OCD bed following removal of the cartilage flap

  • Below is a mildly inflamed biceps tendon seen in a dog with OCD; this inflammation resolves after the OCD is treated; the biceps tendon usually does not need treatment

  • Below is a photo of a normal medial collateral ligament of the shoulder

  • Below is a photo of a partially torn medial collateral ligament of the shoulder

  • Below is a normal biceps tendon

  • Below is a very inflamed biceps tendon – take note of the red color and the fronds covering the biceps tendon

  • Below the biceps tendon is being cut to relieve pain caused by inflammation of the tendon

  • Below the biceps tendon can be seen retracted after being cut


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