Shoulder arthroscopy is performed by inserting a special instrument called an arthroscope into the shoulder through a small incision. The arthroscope is a special camera and lens that the surgeon uses to see inside the joint. He views the camera image on a television screen while he is operating. The surgeon uses another small incision to insert arthroscopic instruments inside of the joint to perform the surgery.
This page contains photographs taken during real shoulder arthroscopies. First, we will show you the normal shoulder anatomy. Next, there are photos of various injuries and conditions, followed by post-treatment photos.
You can also learn more about shoulder arthroscopy by viewing our surgery animations.
Normal Shoulder Anatomy
- Normal Rotator Cuff – Photo 1
Normal Biceps Tendon – Photo 1
Normal Superior Labrum – Photo 1
Normal Anterior Labrum – Photo 1
Normal Glenohumeral Joint – Photo 1
Normal Subacromial Space – Photo 1
Shoulder Injuries and Conditions
- Rotator Cuff Tear – Photo 1, Photo 2
Superior Labral (SLAP) Tear – Photo 1, Photo 2
Anterior Labral Tear – Photo 1
Subacromial Spur – Photo 1
Glenohumeral Joint Arthritis – Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3