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The shoulder is your body’s most flexible joint. It lets 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 about your symptoms and the history of your shoulder problem. Your shoulder will be examined. And diagnostic tests, such as x-ray or MRI, may be done. These help your doctor find the cause of your shoulder problem.
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 scope sends live video images from inside the joint to a screen viewed by your doctor. Using these images, the doctor can diagnose and treat your shoulder problem. Because arthroscopy uses much smaller incisions than open surgery, recovery is often shorter and less painful.
Stiffness or ongoing pain in your shoulder
Bleeding or blood clots
Damage to nerves or blood vessels