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The shoulder is your body’s most flexible joint. It is designed to let the arm move in almost any direction. But this flexibility has a price-it makes the joint prone to injury. If you have a shoulder problem, a surgical procedure called arthroscopy can help.
Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and the history of your shoulder problem. Your shoulder will be examined. And diagnostic tests, such as an x-ray or an MRI, may be done. These help your doctor find the cause of your shoulder problem.
A camera in the arthroscope allows your surgeon to view your shoulder joint on a monitor.
Arthroscopy allows your doctor to see and work inside your shoulder joint through small incisions. A long, thin, lighted instrument called an arthroscope is used. During surgery, the arthroscope sends live video images from inside the joint to a monitor. Using these images, the doctor can diagnose and treat your shoulder problem. Because arthroscopy uses much smaller incisions, recovery is often shorter and less painful than recovery after open surgery.