Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilisation
What is a Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilisation?
The shoulder is a very mobile joint. It consists of a ball (from the long arm bone, the humerus) and a socket (formed out of the shoulder blade). Whilst it is able to move freely in every direction, this does make it vulnerable to 'pop out of place', or dislocate. In healthy shoulder joints, there are soft-tissue structures, such as ligaments, tendons and muscles, that help hold the ball inside the socket.
For various reasons, the soft tissue supporting structures of the shoulder can become damaged. This may be due to dislocating the shoulder (eg. on the football field), or it may be due to more long term damage. Once these structures are damaged, the shoulder is more likely to dislocate. (See shoulder instability).
An arthroscopic shoulder stabilisation is a procedure whereby small cuts are made around the shoulder in order to place a camera and specialised instruments inside the shoulder joint. Surgeons use these special instruments to tighten the shoulder joint, to make it less prone to dislocating in the future.