What is arthroscopic stabilization for shoulder instability?
The arthroscopic surgical technique is favored by Dr. Patel for stabilizing the shoulder joint. This minimally invasive surgical procedure involves the use of a small camera (arthroscope) to methodically examine the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the shoulder joint. Based on Dr. Patel’s intra-operative findings, specialized surgical instruments are introduced to excise and remove the damaged tissue fragments. The remaining tissues are then fastened to the glenoid socket of the scapula with special surgical anchors that are secured within the bone. These surgical anchors realign the joint back to its correct anatomical position and secure it in place. Occasionally, the shoulder joint may need to be restabilized by open surgery. This surgical procedure may be recommended by Dr. Patel over an arthroscopic surgical approach for patients with chronic shoulder instability, poor tissue quality, select high-risk, contact athletes, patients who have experienced bone loss as a result of multiple shoulder dislocations, or in the event of a failed arthroscopic stabilization. An open surgical repair utilizes a slightly larger incision to allow Dr. Patel to visualize the entire shoulder while completing the necessary repairs.