Shoulder arthroscopy: the basics

J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Apr;40(4):817-21. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2015.01.002. Epub 2015 Feb 26.


Shoulder arthroscopy is a commonly performed and accepted procedure for a wide variety of pathologies. Surgeon experience, patient positioning, knowledge of surgical anatomy, proper portal placement, and proper use of instrumentation can improve technical success and minimize complication risks. This article details the surgical anatomy, indications, patient positioning, portal placement, instrumentation, and complications for basic shoulder arthroscopy.

Keywords: Arthroscopy; complications; portals; shoulder; surgical technique.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthroscopy / instrumentation
  • Arthroscopy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Patient Positioning
  • Rotator Cuff / surgery
  • Sesquiterpenes
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Joint* / surgery


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