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Shoulder Arthroscopy

Cary B Chapman, MD -  - Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York

Cary B Chapman, MD

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY & Staten Island, NY

If pain from a recurrent shoulder dislocation or torn rotator cuff isn’t eased with conservative treatment, the surgical team at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York offers the latest innovations in shoulder arthroscopy. At their offices on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Staten Island, New York, experienced orthopaedic surgeon Cary Chapman, MD, and his team customize minimally invasive surgical plans to restore your shoulder’s function and stability. To find out more about the benefits of shoulder arthroscopy, call the Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York office nearest you or use the online booking system.

Shoulder Arthroscopy

What is shoulder arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that the team at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York use to diagnose and treat issues affecting the health of your shoulder joint.

The procedure uses a slender instrument called an arthroscope that fits through small incisions your surgeon makes around your shoulder joint.

The arthroscope has a light and attached camera that sends real-time video images of your inner shoulder structure to a monitor. This gives your Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York surgeon a close-up look at the surgical site, so they can operate with the highest level of precision.

Why would I need shoulder arthroscopy?

When conservative treatments aren’t enough to relieve pain or improve the function of your shoulder joint, you could be a candidate for shoulder arthroscopy. Arthroscopy can also be useful in diagnostic evaluations to confirm the root cause of your pain.

The team at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York will recommend shoulder surgery to diagnose and treat underlying health conditions or sports-related injuries like:

  • Arthritis
  • Dislocations
  • Joint instability
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Damaged ligaments
  • Chronic joint inflammation


The surgical team can also use arthroscopy to repair fractures and to release pressure on nearby nerves of the shoulder joint.

What are the benefits of shoulder arthroscopy?

Because shoulder arthroscopy requires only small incisions to access the shoulder joint, you can expect to heal faster than you would with open surgery.

Smaller incisions also provide benefits like:

  • Less pain
  • Minimal scarring
  • Reduced risk of infection


For many people, the team at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York offers shoulder arthroscopy on an outpatient basis. You can expect to go home shortly after your procedure to begin your recovery.

How long does it take to recover from shoulder arthroscopy?

Everyone heals at their own pace following shoulder arthroscopy. You should anticipate being off work for several weeks and you’ll need to limit other activities to ensure that your shoulder heals properly.

Through follow-up visits, your Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York provider keeps track of your recovery and helps you to manage pain as you heal.

Many people require rehabilitation with physical therapy in the weeks after surgery to restore the function in the shoulder joint. Your surgeon can determine when it’s safe to return to your usual activities to prevent a re-injury or other complications.

To find out if you’re a candidate for shoulder arthroscopy to relieve chronic pain, schedule a consultation at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York online or by phone today.