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Roger Paquette shoulder surgery patient

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Roger's shoulder pain started gradually but intensified over time. He saw Dr. Vazquez who treated him conservatively with medication and then cortisone injections. It helped for awhile but eventually Roger chose to have surgery. Arthroscopic surgery was done in the morning and Roger was home in the afternoon. After his recovery, he was back to playing golf! Read Roger's story.

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Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is a procedure used to diagnose and treat problems in a joint. It is performed on shoulders, hands, elbows, wrists, knees, hips, and ankles. It is a minimally invasive procedure where an arthroscope (small fiber optic camera) is inserted into a small incision. Two more tiny incisions are made which collectively allows the surgeon to see and work inside the joint.

Arthroscopic surgery has increasingly become the procedure of choice since it provides a much quicker recovery time and less pain. Usually the surgery does not require an overnight stay and the pain that would be felt from an open incision is avoided. The quick recovery time of arthroscopy is a welcome benefit to patients.

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