During shoulder arthroscopy or keyhole surgery, a small camera called an arthroscope, is inserted into your shoulder joint through small incisions. The images from the camera are displayed on a video monitor so that the structures in your shoulder can be clearly seen.
Advances in techniques and the development of special miniature surgical instruments, have allowed more procedures to be performed this way. Mr Chua has trained specifically in advanced arthroscopic techniques of the shoulder with some of the world’s leading shoulder surgeons.
Because the arthroscope and instruments are so small, these minimally invasive techniques can result in less surgical pain and quicker recovery when compared to traditional open surgery.
Mr Chua commonly performs the following arthroscopic procedures:
- Rotator cuff repair
- Rotator cuff repair with patch augmentation
- Superior capsule reconstruction
- Labral or SLAP repair
- Shoulder stabilisation
- Capsular release for adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
- AC joint stabilisation
- Subacromial decompression or bursectomy
Mr Chua and your anaesthetist will discuss with you the best anaesthetic to ensure your procedure is as comfortable as possible. This commonly means a light general anaesthetic (going to sleep) and a regional nerve block to numb the specific area involved in your surgery. The nerve block also helps to control your pain for a few hours after the surgery.
Depending on the exact nature of your surgery, you may be able to go home on the same day or otherwise need to stay one night in hospital. Your arm will be in a sling and there will be waterproof dressings applied so that you can shower straight away.
You may be prescribed medications for pain control after surgery, as some pain is quite normal. Your surgical team and hospital staff will work with you to identify the best medicines for your condition, which should be used as instructed.
A post-operative exercise program will be initiated by a physiotherapist who will see you before you leave hospital. This plays an important part in your recovery after any type of shoulder surgery.