Shoulder Arthroscopy in Columbus, OH
Shoulder arthroscopy is minimally invasive surgery performed with a device about the size of a pencil that carries a tiny video camera (an arthroscope). Instead of using large cuts to open the shoulder joint (open surgery), Dr. Cohen is able to use the arthroscope to look inside the shoulder area. Images from the camera are displayed on a video screen that he utilizes as a guide during the procedure.
Dr. Cohen can use shoulder arthroscopy to diagnose shoulder problems. The arthroscope can also be used in conjunction with tiny surgical tools inserted through small incisions to perform necessary surgical procedures.
Shoulder Arthroscopy Benefits
Shoulder arthroscopy can have many benefits compared to open surgery, including the following:
- Less pain
- Shorter recovery time
- Less joint stiffness
- Smaller scars
- Fewer complications
Nonsurgical Shoulder Treatment Options
Surgery is not always necessary. Typically, nonsurgical treatments are recommended before surgery is discussed as an option. Nonsurgical treatments for shoulder pain may include the following:
- Physical therapy
- Heat and/or cold therapies
- A period of immobilization with a sling
Common Shoulder Arthroscopic Procedures
Certain shoulder procedures are commonly performed arthroscopically. Common shoulder arthroscopic procedures include the following:
Why Choose Dr. Cohen?
OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE
One of the first orthopedic surgeons employed by Adena Health System, Dr Cohen spent 20 years helping to grow the practice.
TRUSTED BY OVER 100,000+ PATIENTS WORLDWIDE
Over his distinguished career, Dr Cohen has cultivated a reputation of excellence and trust among his patients and his peers.
UTILIZING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY
To achieve the best surgical outcomes, Dr Cohen utilizes the most advanced technologies and techniques, keeping his practice state of the art.
PATIENT SAFETY IS TOP PRIORITY
An individualized, patient-focused process coupled with decades of training and experience help ensure maximum safety for all of Dr Cohen’s patients.
Shoulder Arthroscopy Preparation
One of the benefits of shoulder arthroscopy is that you will most likely be able to go home after the procedure and will not need to stay overnight in the hospital. This means that you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you after your procedure.
Prior to the procedure, Dr. Cohen will provide you with instructions. These instructions may include information on medications that you are taking, when to arrive for your procedure and when to stop eating and drinking.
Shoulder arthroscopy requires anesthesia. Dr. Cohen can discuss your anesthesia options with you prior to surgery.
Shoulder Arthroscopy Procedure Details
Your shoulder arthroscopy will be performed in an operating room. Once your anesthesia has been administered, you will be positioned so that Dr. Cohen can easily adjust the arthroscope. You will be either placed in a semi-seated position or lying down on your side.
Dr. Cohen will then make a few small incisions in your shoulder and “pump” a sterile solution into your shoulder joint. The solution helps him clearly see inside your shoulder.
He then uses the arthroscope to diagnose your shoulder problem. The arthroscope projects images of the inside of your shoulder onto a screen which he evaluates.
Dr. Cohen then inserts tiny surgical instruments through the small incisions to perform the necessary procedure. The procedure depends on your specific needs and can include cutting or repair work. Once complete, Dr. Cohen closes the incisions and covers your shoulder with a bandage.
Shoulder Arthroscopy Complications/Risks
The minimal nature of shoulder arthroscopy reduces the chance of complications. However, complications are possible, including the following:
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage
Dr. Cohen will discuss the possible complications with you prior to surgery.
Shoulder Arthroscopy Recovery
You will most likely be able to go home within a few hours of your shoulder arthroscopy procedure. Your recovery will depend on several factors, including the following:
- Original damage to your shoulder
- Procedure performed
Dr. Cohen will discuss the recovery process with you. You may be in pain and you may require a sling to immobilize your shoulder. You may also need physical therapy to help in the recovery process.
Unfortunately, some injuries require a person to change their preferred form of exercise. Dr. Cohen will discuss what activities may or may not be possible after surgery.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are suffering from shoulder pain, schedule a personal consultation with Columbus, Ohio orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Cohen by calling or emailing his office today. Dr. Cohen has extensive shoulder arthroscopy experience. He can diagnose your condition and help you learn more about your shoulder pain treatment options.