What is shoulder arthroscopy?
Shoulder arthroscopy is an out-patient procedure which allows visualization of the shoulder joint through a small camera. Several small incisions are made about the shoulder to allow placement of the camera and working instruments.
Do I need to be to asleep for surgery?
No. A regional anesthetic (interscalene block) is administered and patients are placed in a "beach chair" position and receive light sedation. General anesthesia is not required.
Can I drive myself to surgery?
Yes, however you cannot drive yourself home after the procedure. You will need to arrange for a ride home after surgery.
How long does the surgery take?
Depending on the particular procedure, the operation lasts about 30 to 90 minutes and the patient is discharged home 1-2 hours later.
Where is the surgery performed?
Dr. Diaz performs his outpatient surgery at the Danbury Surgical Center at 73 Sand Pit Road, suite 101 in Danbury, Connecticut.
When does Dr. Diaz operate, and what happens after surgery?
Dr. Diaz usually operates on Friday and sees his patients in the office for follow-up on Monday.
Physical therapy begins that week with a rehabilitation program tailored to the patient's specific condition. In most cases, post-operative patients rehabilitate at Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, in the same office as Dr. Diaz. This allows frequent communication between therapist and doctor, and ensures optimal recovery. Most patients do not realize how important physical therapy is to their final outcome. The physical therapists at Orthopaedic Specialists have decades of combined experience treating musculoskeletal injuries, and work closely with Dr. Diaz to fine tune each patient's treatment protocol.
What types of surgery does Dr. Diaz do through the arthroscope?
Common arthroscopic shoulder procedures include subacromial decompression, rotator cuff debridement or repair, labral repair and distal clavicle excision.
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