What is it and how does it work?
The arthroscopic partial shoulder arthroplasty aims to restore the articular surface geometry of the humeral head whilst preserving the functional anatomy of the shoulder joint.
It is indicated for the reconstruction of painful shoulders resulting from post-traumatic degenerative disease or avascular necrosis.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
As in other joints, arthroscopy offers the postoperative advantages of less pain, earlier mobility, quicker rehabilitation and also an improved cosmetic result.
The arthroscopic (keyhole) procedure for the bone preparation and the insertion of the prosthesis allows a minimally invasive approach that ensures that the functional structures are not disturbed.
Any other associated pathology can be treated during the same arthroscopic procedure.
The tendons and muscles are not violated and the shoulder joint is not dislocated resulting in less disruption of the soft tissues.
The majority of the cases can be done as day-cases and postoperative rehabilitation does not include any limitations and physical therapy can start from the first post-operative day.