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

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Specialist

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

Words from our patients

  • "Thank you for repairing my knee with a minimally invasive procedure. It has been a long time since it has felt as well as it does now. You're the best!"

    Octavia P.
  • "Many thanks to you and your staff for fixing my knee. It's been doing great! My only regret is not coming to see you sooner! You have given me a new lease on life!"

    Mike D.
  • "Over many years I have developed the most positive relationship imaginable with Dr. Murphy and his terrific staff. He brings a personal, caring touch to every issue."

    Bill Walton, NBA Hall of Fame Basketball Player
  • "Playing ice hockey is my passion. You and your staff kept me in the game that I love."

    Anne O.
  • "You and your office staff really know how to take care of the whole patient and I am very grateful to you."

    Sandy D.
  • Many thanks for another superb program of care for the O'Donnell family's son Patrick. You've always been there for us as we have all been in need. You're truly the best!

    Hugh & Anne
Murphy SportsMedicine Center
8929 University Center Lane, Suite 205
La Jolla

San Diego, CA 92122
Phone: 858-657-0000
Fax: 858-657-0003
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