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Shoulder Arthroscopy

The surgeon needs to look inside your shoulder to find out exactly what is causing your symptoms. In some people, he is looking for signs that the shoulder has been coming out of joint. In others, he is trying to see the condition of the tendons (strong bands of tissue that attach the muscles to the bones) that are above the shoulder joint. He will be using an arthroscope.

The Operation
You will have a general anaesthetic, and will be asleep for the whole operation. The arthroscope is a telescope about as wide as a pen, connected to a television. The operation is called an arthroscopy.

The surgeon will insert the arthroscope through one or two tiny half inch (about 1 cm) cuts around your shoulder. He will use it to look at the inside of your shoulder and the tendons over the shoulder.

The cuts will be closed with stitches, clips, or paper tapes. You will be in hospital one night or so after the operation.

Any Alternatives

If you leave things as they are, the cause of the shoulder problem will remain unclear. More X-rays and scans will not help at the moment. Arthroscopy is the only way to get a direct view of the inside of the joint and the tendons above the joint.

Before the operation

Stop smoking and get your weight down if you are overweight. If you know that you have problems with your blood pressure, your heart, or your lungs, ask your family doctor to check that these are under control.. Check you have a relative or friend who can come with you to the hospital, take you home, and look after you for the first week after the operation. Bring all your tablets and medicines with you to the hospital. On the ward, you may be checked for past illnesses and may have special tests, to make that you are well prepared and that you can have the operation as safely as possible our clinic has pre operation counseling and anesthesia check where you visit a visit few days well before the operation for final checks.

After - In Hospital
Your arm will be in a sling. The shoulder may be a little sore. If it is, you will be given injections or tablets to control this. Ask for more if the pain is getting worse. Your shoulder might also be a bit stiff. The nurses will help you with everything you need until you are able to do things for yourself. Do not make important decisions, drive a car, use machinery, or even boil a kettle during this time. The cuts may be held closed with paper tapes, stitches or clips. There will be simple adhesive dressings over the tapes. You may take the dressings and the tapes off 10 days after the operation. Arrangements will be made for your to have your stitches or clips taken out after 10 days or so. Wash around the dressings for the first 10 days. You can wash the wound area as soon as the dressing has been removed. Soap and warm tap water are entirely adequate. Salted water is not necessary. You can shower or take a bath as often as you like. You will be given an appointment to visit the orthopedic outpatient department about one week after you leave hospital.
After - At Home
You cannot drive whilst your arm is in a sling. If you were driving before the arthroscopy you will be able to drive within a few days of leaving hospital. How soon you can return to work depends on your job. If you are working now, you should be able to return to work 7 to 10 days after your operation.

Why should I consider medical or surgical procedures in India?
A+ Orthopaedic and Sports Med Center, New Delhi offers World Class Medical Facilities, comparable with any of the western countries. India has state of the art Hospitals and the best medical experts. With the best infrastructure, the best possible Medical facilities, accompanied with the most competitive prices, you can get the treatment done at A+OSM Center at the lowest charges. The rates of all the major surgeries including the traveling cost and accommodation cost is just 50% of the rates in USA and Europe.
How can I trust the quality of the doctors?
Doctors at A+OSM Center are educated in US and UK. Some have even practiced in the UK for years and remain Fellow of Royal College Of London. Also, you must be aware that most of the hospitals in US and UK have a major chunk of Indian doctors.
The chief surgeon at the clinic had done 7 years of training in London, Mch (Orth) ,FRCS (Orth) from London and has also trained in US at Pittsburg & New York.
He has practiced as an arthroscopic surgeon and sports surgeon in London for years before establishing Centers here in India.

How can it be safe to travel so far after a surgical procedure?
Your travel plans will be entirely dictated by the surgical procedure you select. Many procedures that are non-invasive and will enable you fly out the same day as the procedure. Once you select a procedure at A+OSM Center you would be made aware of the recommended recuperation time required before return travel.

What about “after-care”?
Depending on your treatment you will be advised on the “after-care” program. A+OSM Center Doctor will also be a in contact for 3 months after the treatment if you have any questions.

What about the confidentiality and privacy of my medical forms?

All your medical information and your medical information is never disclosed to any unauthorised party.

Do I have to tell my G.P.?
Although going abroad for medical treatment is your choice and decision, I advise you to inform your G.P. of the proposed treatment. Your G.P. may also be a point of contact with the after-care in which you receive when returning to your home country.

Can I book my own travel arrangements?
You are, free to organise your own arrangements though you will be responsible for ensuring that your travel coincides with any medical treatment. We can assist you in that from our end.

Can someone come along with me?
Yes, and it would be encouraging for you to get some one with you during your treatment. We can organize services such as airport pick-ups, nurse/doctor accompanied ambulances, chauffeur driven cars, hotel accommodation that will make your trip as smooth and stress free as possible.

What about the language?
All of the Indian hospitals have fluent English speaking staff.

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