About the Procedure

Arthroscopic surgery employs a special camera attached to a long, narrow tube that allows the surgeons to see inside the shoulder. The camera transmits the signal to a video monitor so the surgeon can visualize the interior of the joint. Reaching through three small incisions each measuring one-quarter inch in length, Dr. Barnett can reposition the torn tendons back to their bony origin. One surgeon likens the procedure to "building a ship in a bottle, seemingly impossible and amazing to observe."

Although the operation is technically challenging, the procedure offers less risk of infection, faster rehabilitation, quicker return of motion, minimal postoperative scarring and significantly less postoperative pain. This surgery is performed on an out-patient basis requiring no overnight stay in the hospital.


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