Louis Peter Re, Jr., MD
located in Midtown West, New York, NY
If you have acute or chronic shoulder pain, you may need a shoulder arthroscopy so the doctor can diagnose and treat your specific condition effectively. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Louis Peter Re Jr., MD, expertly performs shoulder arthroscopy using tiny incisions, which means it’s usually an outpatient procedure. Call Dr. Re’s office in the Midtown West area of Manhattan, New York City, or click on the online appointment scheduling tool to book your consultation with him now.
Shoulder Arthroscopy Q & A
What is shoulder arthroscopy?
In shoulder arthroscopy, Dr. Re uses a tool called an arthroscope to see the inside of your shoulder. The arthroscope is a slim, pen-sized tube that houses a tiny camera and a light source.
The camera sends live images to a nearby computer console, where Dr. Re examines them closely. Then, Dr. Re can diagnose shoulder problems, and, if necessary, administer treatment.
How does shoulder arthroscopy work?
Typically, you receive either regional or general anesthesia for a shoulder arthroscopy, so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.
To perform a surgical repair, such as rotator cuff repair, Dr. Re injects sterile fluid into your shoulder joint, which expands the treatment area temporarily. This improves the images and gives him room to operate precisely.
After making a small incision and placing the arthroscope, Dr. Re creates additional small incisions in the treatment area. He inserts special surgical instruments into the additional incisions to perform your surgery as he views your shoulder joint on the monitor.
After your procedure, Dr. Re applies either small bandages or closes the tiny incisions with a few stitches.
When do I need shoulder arthroscopy?
You may need a shoulder arthroscopy if you have unexplained shoulder pain, as it's an effective diagnostic tool. In many cases, Dr. Re can treat damage within any part of your shoulder joint or its surrounding tissues during arthroscopy, too.
If you don't get good results from medication, physical therapy, and other nonsurgical treatments, Dr. Re may recommend shoulder arthroscopy for issues such as:
- Rotator cuff tear
- Labrum tear
- Frozen shoulder
- Shoulder impingement
- Chronic shoulder instability
- Biceps tendon rupture
- Ligament damage
- Cartilage damage
- Bone spurs
- Arthritis affecting your collarbone
In many cases, shoulder arthroscopy can correct problems that normally require open surgery with long incisions. With the smaller incisions, you have less bleeding, pain, and downtime.
Plus, you spend far less time in the hospital. Dr. Re performs most shoulder arthroscopies at an ambulatory surgery center that usually allows you to return home the same day.
When chronic shoulder pain is making you suffer and restricting your activities, it’s time to consider new treatment options. Find out how shoulder arthroscopy can help by calling the office of Louis Peter Re Jr., MD, or using the scheduling tool to book an appointment now.