As one of Richmond’s leading physicians trained in sports medicine, Dr. Nordt has performed hundreds of shoulder arthroscopies for people of all ages. Although shoulder injuries can be debilitating for many, Dr. Nordt’s goal is to pursue aggressive recovery and he strives to see a full and healthy return to all physical activity for his patients.
While Dr. Nordt attempts to treat all patients through conservative, non-surgical means like rehabilitation and medication, this isn’t always a viable treatment option. If surgery is seen as the recommended treatment option, shoulder arthroscopy is the preferred choice by Dr. Nordt, as there are many benefits to this minimally-invasive surgical procedure.
About Shoulder Arthroscopy
Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that uses an arthroscope, or small camera, which is inserted through a small hole in the shoulder and allows Dr. Nordt to view images captured by the camera on a large monitor.
With the images provided by the arthroscope, small surgical instruments are inserted through a separate tiny incision to remove and repair the damage to the shoulder joint. Both the arthroscope and surgical instruments are thin and delicate, allowing for small incisions with minimal tissue trauma, as opposed to traditional open surgical techniques.
Advantages to Shoulder Arthroscopy
- Fewer risks and complications
- Less pain for patients
- No overnight hospital stay
- Minimal scarring and tissue damage
- Quicker recovery
After the procedure, the small surgical incisions will take several days to heal and the arm with the injured shoulder will be placed in a sling for a period of time that Dr. Nordt will discuss with you. Your recovery time will depend on many factors, including the extent and type of problem for which the procedure was performed. Physical therapy is usually prescribed to improve shoulder mobility and strength after the surgery.
For more information on shoulder arthroscopy, visit the American Academy for Orthopaedic Surgeons.