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Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Specialist

Paul C. Murphy, MD -  - Sports Medicine Specialist

Murphy SportsMedicine Center

Paul C. Murphy, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist & Orthopedic Surgeon located in La Jolla, San Diego, CA

At his state-of-the-art practice in La Jolla, CA, Dr. Murphy uses advanced treatment techniques like arthroscopic shoulder surgery to help his patients achieve faster recovery and experience less discomfort during the postoperative period.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Q&A

What is arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is a minimally-invasive approach to shoulder surgery that uses several very small incisions – typically less than two inches – to access the shoulder joint, rather than a single large incision used in traditional “open” surgical approaches. The technique uses an instrument called an arthroscope, which is a long, thin, flexible instrument with a tiny camera mounted on one end. The arthroscope is inserted through one incision and advanced to the joint where it takes a video of the inside of the joint, projecting images onto a monitor so they can be viewed by the surgeon. Other small incisions are used to enable special instruments to access the area and perform the surgical procedure.

When is arthroscopic shoulder surgery performed?

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is typically used to:

  • repair rotator cuff injuries

  • remove bone spurs or chips

  • repair the labrum (the cartilage ring surrounding the shoulder)

  • repair tendons and ligaments

  • diagnose the cause of recurrent dislocations

  • evaluate the joint to determine the cause of pain, limited range of motion, or other chronic or acute symptoms

As with other types of surgery – both minimally-invasive and open – arthroscopic shoulder surgery is usually performed once other, more conservative approaches have been tried and failed, including medication, steroid injections, and physical therapy.

What happens during the procedure?

Arthroscopic surgery is performed under anesthesia or sedation. The area will be cleansed and a solution will be injected into the joint to gently separate the structures and make them easier to see. Incisions are made near the shoulder joint and the arthroscope is inserted so the joint can be evaluated. Other incisions will be used to admit surgical instruments. Once the procedure is completed, the incisions will be closed with sutures or special bandages and you'll spend a few hours in recovery for observation. 

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Here is a short list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Assurant Health
Asuris Northwest Health
Bankers Life and Casualty Company
Blue Cross
Coventry Health Care
Culinary Health Fund
Deseret Mutual
Empire Plan
First Choice Health