Shoulder instability occurs when the head of the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket. This can happen as a result of a sudden injury or from overuse. Once a shoulder has dislocated, it is vulnerable to repeat episodes and prone to dislocation. When the shoulder is loose and slips out of place repeatedly, it is called chronic shoulder instability.
Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization is a minimally invasive technique for repairing damaged ligaments in the shoulder. Using an arthroscope, the surgeon will look inside the shoulder with a tiny camera and perform the surgery with special pencil-thin instruments to repair the ligaments.
The small instruments allow the surgeon to use a few small incisions through the shoulder, leading to faster recovery time.
After surgery, you will begin physical therapy to regain shoulder strength and motion that will help you return to your normal activities.