Shoulder Arthroscopy Specialist

Timothy Wilson, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Timothy Wilson, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Shoulder & Knee Specialist located in Lexington, KY

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that’s used to diagnose problems in the joint and to surgically repair the condition. As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Timothy C. Wilson, MD, in Lexington, Kentucky, has helped many patients restore their shoulder strength and arm function by performing a shoulder arthroscopy. To learn more about your treatment options for a shoulder injury or ongoing shoulder pain, schedule an appointment online or call the office today.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Q & A

What shoulder conditions may need shoulder arthroscopy?

While you may need arthroscopy to repair a fractured shoulder, the procedure is commonly used to repair damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Shoulder conditions that often require shoulder arthroscopy include:

Labrum tears

The labrum is a ring of cartilage that stabilizes the shoulder’s ball and socket joint. Several ligaments and the rotator cuff tendons also attach to the labrum.

There are two types of labrum tears. A SLAP tear occurs in the front of the arm where the biceps tendon connects to your shoulder. The labrum sustains a Bankart tear during a shoulder dislocation.

Rotator cuff tears

Your rotator cuff consists of four muscles and their tendons, which hold the upper arm in the shoulder socket and lift and turn your arm. You may need arthroscopic surgery to repair a rotator cuff when you have ongoing pain or weakness despite nonsurgical treatment. 

Dr. Wilson may also recommend arthroscopy to restore optimal strength and stability when you need to use your arm for overhead sports or work.

How is shoulder arthroscopy performed?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that requires only a few very small incisions. Dr. Wilson uses specialized instruments that are narrow enough to fit through the incisions. The primary instrument, called an arthroscope, contains lighting and a video camera that sends magnified images of the joint to a monitor.

Dr. Wilson may perform arthroscopy to examine the inside of the joint and diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Then he also surgically repairs the problem by controlling surgical tools from outside your body while viewing the detailed image.

Arthroscopy causes significantly less trauma compared with traditional open surgery. As a result, you have less bleeding, a lower risk of complications, and you recover more quickly.

What arthroscopic procedures repair my shoulder?

Dr. Wilson has years of experience performing different types of arthroscopic procedures. He may perform a debridement to remove the damaged tissues and/or stitch together a full tear in one of the soft tissues.

In some cases, Dr. Wilson may need to reattach a tendon to the bone. When he attaches the biceps tendon to the shoulder bone, the procedure is called a biceps tenodesis. During a labrum repair, Dr. Wilson reattaches the cartilage to the bone.

If you have ongoing shoulder pain and arm weakness, call Timothy C. Wilson, MD, or book an appointment online.