During arthroscopic shoulder fusion, the upper arm bone is permanently joined to the shoulder socket with screws. This locks the shoulder in place to reduce pain. This procedure is performed with a minimally invasive method that utilizes an arthroscope (a narrow tube with a video camera on its end) inserted through small incisions in order to guide the surgeon through the procedure.
Also Known As:
- Arthroscopic joint fusion-shoulder
- Arthroscopic shoulder joint fusion
- Arthroscopic shoulder arthrodesis
- Shoulder arthroscopy
- Arthroscopic surgery
- Shoulder surgery
- Shoulder fusion
Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Shoulder Fusion:
Arthroscopic shoulder fusion is utilized in order to treat chronic sepsis, severe shoulder pain, shoulder injury, and arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the shoulder.
Non-surgical alternatives to arthroscopic shoulder fusion include pain medication, anti-inflammatory steroid injections, strength training, physical therapy and the use of the shoulder brace. Shoulder joint replacement is a surgical alternative.
Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Shoulder Fusion:
Arthroscopic shoulder fusion is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Shoulder Fusion:
Possible risks following arthroscopic shoulder fusion include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience reduced mobility and for the bones to fail to fuse together.
Prognosis after Arthroscopic Shoulder Fusion:
The prognosis for a positive end result following arthroscopic shoulder fusion is very good. In most cases, joint pain is relieved.