What is Arthroscopic Stabilization Surgery?
During the surgery the shoulder is first examined by Dr. Boykin to confirm the direction and degree of instability. Next, a small camera is used to visualize the entire shoulder joint and identity the areas of damage. Small instruments are then used to place anchors into the bone on the glenoid that contain strong sutures. These sutures are then used to repair the torn labrum and ligaments, restore the anatomy of the joint back to its natural position, and to effectively “tighten” the shoulder back to normal. The shoulder is examined again to confirm resolution of the instability.
In the majority of patients, arthroscopic stabilization has been shown to be highly effective in eliminating shoulder instability and allowing patients to return back to full activity. In certain situations such as longstanding instability, bone loss from the glenoid or humerus, or a dislocation that can’t be manually reduced, a specialized open procedure may be necessary.
Recovery Following Arthroscopic Stabilization Surgery
After surgery patients are placed into a sling and an individualized physical therapy program is started. The specific progression of therapy will depend on the configuration of the injury and type of repair. This typically consists of gentle passive range of motion followed by active motion, strengthening, and an eventual full return to contact activities around 4-6 months. The sling is usually worn for 6 weeks.
For more information on shoulder injuries including shoulder dislocations and shoulder instability, or to learn more about arthroscopic stabilization, please contact the office of orthopedic shoulder surgeon, Dr. Robert Boykin serving Asheville, Arden, Fletcher and surrounding North Carolina communities.