ACL Injury

The bone structure of the knee joint is formed by the femur, the tibia, and the patella. The ACL is one of the four main ligaments within the knee that connect the femur to the tibia.

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Rotator Cuff Tears

There are a few options for repairing rotator cuff tears. Advancements in surgical techniques for rotator cuff repair include less invasive procedures. Talk to an orthopaedic surgeon to decide what option is best for you.

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Understanding Meniscus Tears

Menisci tear in different ways. Tears are noted by how they look, as well as where the tear occurs in the meniscus. Common tears include longitudinal, parrot-beak, flap, bucket handle, and mixed/complex.

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Shoulder Arthroscopy in Gilbert, AZ

For athletes with rotator cuff or labral tears, shoulder arthroscopy can help treat pain and immobility to get them back on the playing field more quickly than with traditional surgery. Shoulder arthroscopy is minimally invasive, and usually performed on an outpatient basis. Continue reading to learn more, or schedule an appointment with Dr. Meszaros to discuss shoulder pain treatment options.

Shoulder Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that effectively treats many sports injuries, including rotator cuff tears, labral tears, tendonitis, or dislocated shoulder. Being minimally invasive, shoulder arthroscopy provides a number of benefits, including reduced blood loss during surgery and less noticeable, more aesthetic scars.

Anatomy of the Shoulder

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, formed by the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) and a cavity on the scapula (shoulder blade) known as the glenoid fossa. A piece of cartilage, the glenoid labrum, lines the rim of the cavity and adds depth to the joint. The glenoid labrum helps stabilizes the joint and keep the ball in its socket.

The rotator cuff, a group of muscles originating at the scapula and connecting to the humeral head, provides additional joint stability by holding the head of the humerus in place.

The shoulder is naturally unstable, and as such, is prone to injuries during sports. The glenoid fossa is very shallow, and only holds approximately a third of the humeral head in place. This instability leads to athletic injuries such as shoulder dislocation, rotator cuff tears, and labral tears. These injuries can cause severe pain, limited mobility, and pain when moving the arm.

While nonsurgical treatments are always best, patients are advised to see a sports medicine specialist, such as Dr. William Meszaros, for consultation and treatment information. When surgery is indicated, Dr. Meszaros may recommend arthroscopic shoulder surgery, depending on the injury and the anatomy of the patient.

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Shoulder Arthroscopy Procedure

Arthroscopic surgery uses fiberoptic technology to transmit real-time video from inside the joint. The surgeon inserts a camera, known as an arthroscope, through a tiny incision (approximately the size of a buttonhole). The arthroscope sends real-time imaging to a monitor in the operating room, allowing the surgeon to see inside the joint without making large incisions. Specially designed instruments, roughly pencil-sized are inserted into additional incisions that allow the surgeon to perform the reconstructive surgery. Common procedures performed arthroscopically include labral repairs, rotator cuff repairs, bone spur removal, and tendon and ligament repairs.

Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery

Shoulder arthroscopy provides a number of benefits for patients, including the following:

  • Better ability to evaluate the shoulder (high definition camera)
  • Less blood loss during surgery
  • Less post-operative pain

For these reasons, sports medicine specialists often recommend arthroscopy when surgery is indicated. To speak with Dr. Meszaros about treatment options for shoulder pain, schedule an appointment at his offices in Gilbert, AZ.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Recovery

Compared to traditional open surgery, in which the surgeon makes large incisions to open the joint, shoulder arthroscopy has a significantly reduced post-operative recovery period. Shoulder arthroscopy is typically performed on an out-patient basis. This allows the patient to return home the same day, usually after a one to two hour stay in the recovery room.

After surgery, the patient will need someone to drive them home and stay with them for the first night. Though recovery is quicker than traditional surgery, it may still take weeks for the shoulder joint to recover completely.

The surgeon may recommend that the patient wear a sling around the arm for a number of weeks to immobilize the shoulder. The sling will protect the shoulder joint from a motion-induced injury.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises can help the patient strengthen the shoulder's muscles and rehabilitate the joint. Dr. Meszaros can help develop a rehabilitation plan based on the patient's unique case.

Shoulder Arthroscopy in Gilbert, AZ

William M. Meszaros, MD is a Board-Certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty training in Sports Medicine. Dr. Meszaros has years of experience treating athletes and teams for sports-related injuries of the hip, knee, and shoulder, including the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears, and the San Diego Padres. Additionally, Dr. Meszaros treats most sports-related injuries of the hand, wrist, elbow, and ankle. For more information about shoulder arthroscopy for sports injuries, schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Meszaros about shoulder pain treatment.