Your shoulder joint is versatile enough to give you a wide range of motion but also susceptible to overuse injuries and direct trauma. If you have unexplained shoulder pain that’s not getting better with rest, schedule a diagnostic appointment with experienced orthopedic surgeon Peter J. Curcione, DO. Dr. Curcione offers on-site diagnostic testing, including a shoulder scope, at his offices in Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres, Florida, to confirm the root cause of your pain. Learn more about the benefits of a shoulder scope by calling the office or by scheduling an appointment online now.
A shoulder scope is also known as shoulder arthroscopy. This minimally invasive procedure is useful as both a diagnostic tool for identifying the cause of shoulder pain and for mapping a treatment plan.
During a shoulder arthroscopy, Dr. Curcione makes a small incision near your shoulder joint and inserts a small scope, known as an arthroscope, into your shoulder area. The scope contains a light and small camera that transmits real-time footage of your inner shoulder structures to an external monitor.
Dr. Curcione views this monitor throughout the procedure. He can insert specialized surgical tools through the scope to make repairs to your shoulder joint and surrounding tendons and ligaments if necessary.
You may need a shoulder scope to diagnose or treat injuries or conditions like:
Dr. Curcione can also treat recurrent shoulder dislocations during a shoulder arthroscopy. The procedure is also beneficial for your treatment plan, as Dr. Curcione can evaluate the severity of your condition to determine what the next steps will be.
To determine if you can tolerate a shoulder scope, Dr. Curcione reviews your medical history, discusses your symptoms, and evaluates your overall health.
Because the procedure is minimally invasive, Dr. Curcione only needs to make a small surgical incision. This type of procedure carries less risk for infection and unnecessary bleeding, making it a great alternative to traditional open surgery.
In many cases, shoulder scope diagnostics or treatment is an outpatient procedure and you can expect to go home to recover after your appointment. Smaller scars mean less downtime and less pain during your recovery.
You can expect to feel some discomfort or pain in the days after your shoulder scope. Dr. Curcione provides medications and care instructions to keep you comfortable and help your shoulder heal properly.
During your post-surgery visit, Dr. Curcione may recommend starting physical therapy to strengthen your shoulder muscles and encourage good blood circulation in your shoulder area. He can also suggest the right time to return to work and your usual activities without risking additional injury.
Find out more about the benefits of a shoulder scope by calling the office nearest you or by booking an appointment online today. You can also receive a consultation as a walk-in without an appointment.