Arthoscopic Surgery Specialist

Allen Deutsch, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Bellaire, TX

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Allen Deutsch, M.D., has extensive experience in minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery. He’s performed over 3,500 arthroscopic rotator cuff repair procedures during his 20 years of practice in the Greater Houston area. If you’re looking for an expert arthroscopic surgeon who specializes in rotator cuff and biceps tendon repair, call his practice in Bellaire, Texas, or book an appointment online today.

Arthroscopic Surgery Q & A

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is also known as arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Deutsch uses this technique to examine the internal structure of a joint in order to diagnose and treat a wide range of orthopedic conditions. This procedure uses a specialized instrument called an arthroscope to view the inside of your joint. The word arthroscopy actually means, “to look inside the joint.”  

While performing shoulder arthroscopy, Dr. Deutsch can inspect, diagnose, and repair conditions such as a rotator cuff tear without making a large incision. The arthroscope is a slender, tubular instrument that contains optical fibers and magnifying lenses. Dr. Deutsch inserts the arthroscope through tiny incisions, about the size of a buttonhole. Once the arthroscope is inserted, the lens system magnifies the inside of the joint by gathering light and focusing that light to form a real image on a television monitor, which allows Dr. Deutsch to visually assess the joint.

What are the benefits of arthroscopic surgery?

Traditional, open surgery requires an incision of at least a few inches. Without the need for a large incision, arthroscopy has many benefits over open surgery, such as:

  • Less pain
  • Reduced scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Decreased risk of complications

Additionally, Dr. Deutsch often performs shoulder arthroscopy as an outpatient procedure for qualifying patients. This means you can most likely avoid an overnight hospital stay.

Why would I need shoulder arthroscopy?

The shoulder is a complex and commonly injured joint. Dr. Deutsch may recommend arthroscopy to diagnose and treat many common causes of shoulder pain, such as:

  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Biceps tendon tear
  • Bone spur
  • Ligament tear
  • Labral tear
  • Loose cartilage or other tissue
  • Recurrent shoulder dislocation

He also uses arthroscopic surgery to perform less common procedures, such as fracture repair, nerve release, and cyst removal. Some procedures, such as total shoulder replacement, still require an open approach for surgery.

What happens during shoulder arthroscopy?

First, Dr. Deutsch performs a physical exam and carefully reviews your medical history to make sure you’re a good candidate for shoulder arthroscopy. He may send you to see a medical doctor or a specialist for a detailed physical examination and clearance for surgery.

Dr. Deutsch performs arthroscopic surgery while you’re under general anesthesia and along with a regional nerve block to numb your shoulder and arm which may provide you longer pain control postoperatively.

During the procedure, Dr. Deutsch makes a buttonhole sized incision on your shoulder. He inserts the arthroscope through this hole and inspects the inside of your shoulder joint for signs of damage.

Once the damaged area(s) are identified, Dr. Deutsch inserts tiny surgical tools through separate small incisions to repair the area. After the repairs are completed, the incisions are closed with stitches or and the operative area is covered with a soft bandage. You will wake up in a sling and will need to wear it up to six weeks depending on your diagnosis.  

Most arthroscopic procedures take about an hour, but the exact amount of time depends on the severity of your condition.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for arthroscopic shoulder surgery, call the office of Dr. Allen Deutsch or schedule an appointment online.