Shoulder Arthroscopy Anchorage AK

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William M Dotson, DDS
(907) 563-2828
3401 Denali St Ste 203
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Robert Edward Gieringer, MD
(907) 272-7373
2751 Debarr Rd Ste 320
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Alaska Reg Hosp, Anchorage, Ak; Providence Alaska Med Ctr, Anchorage, Ak

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Jack B Duclos, DDS
(907) 272-3200
1836 W Northern Lights Blvd
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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William Andrew Paton
(907) 729-1615
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Michael D Brandner
(907) 272-9991
3650 Lake Otis Pkwy
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Leslie P Dean
(907) 563-3145
3260 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Dr.Rick Garner
(907) 563-3145
Orthopedic Physicians Anchorage, Suite 300, 3801 Lake Otis Parkway
Anchorage, AK
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1967
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Hospital: Alaska Reg Hosp, Anchorage, Ak
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Doug A Vermillion
(907) 644-6055
2741 Debarr Rd Ste C214
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Robert Justin Hall, MD
(907) 562-2277
4100 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 208
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1990

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John Eugene Lapkass, MD
(907) 563-3145
3260 Providence Dr Ste 200
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1983

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Shoulder Arthroscopy

A Patient's Guide to Shoulder Arthroscopy

Introduction

The use of arthroscopy (arthro means joint and scopy means look) has revolutionized many different types of orthopedic surgery. During a shoulder arthroscopy, a small video camera attached to a fiber-optic lens is inserted into the shoulder joint to allow a surgeon to see without making a large incision. Today the shoulder is one of the joints in which the arthroscope is commonly used to both diagnose problems and to perform surgical procedures inside the joint.

This guide will help you understand

  • how the condition develops
  • how doctors diagnose the condition
  • what treatment options are available

Anatomy


The shoulder is made up of three bones: the scapula (shoulder blade), the humerus (upper arm bone), and the clavicle (collarbone). A part of the scapula, called the glenoid, forms the socket of the shoulder. The glenoid is very shallow and flat, shaped somewhat like a dinner plate rather than a bowl. The humeral head forms the ball portion of the joint. Both the glenoid and the humeral head are covered with articular cartilage. Articular cartilage is the smooth, white material that covers the ends of bones in most joints. Articular cartilage provides a slick, rubbery surface that allows the bones to glide over each other as they move. Articular cartilage also functions as a shock absorber.


The rotator cuff connects the humerus to the scapula. The rotator cuff is formed by the tendons of four muscles: the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. Tendons attach muscles to bones. Muscles move the bones by pulling on the tendons. The rotator cuff helps raise and rotate the arm. As the arm is raised, the rotator cuff also keeps the humerus tightly in the shoulder socket, the glenoid. The upper part of the scapula that makes up the roof of the shoulder is called the acromion.


The shoulder joint is surrounded by a water tight pocket called the joint capsule. This capsule is formed by the rotator cuff tendons, ligaments, connective tissue and synovial tissue. When the joint capsule is filled with sterile saline and is distended, the surgeon can insert the arthroscope into the pocket that is formed, turn on the lights and the camera and see inside the shoulder joint as if looking into an aquarium. The surgeon can see nearly everything that is inside the shoulder joint including: (1) the joint surfaces of the glenoid socket and the humeral head (2) the rotator cuff tendons, (3) the glenoid labrum and (4) the synovial lining of the joint.

The arthroscope can also be placed in the space outside the shoulder joint known as the subacromial bursa. This bursa is a water tight pocket that sits above the shoulder joint. By placing the arthroscope into this space, the surgeon can see the underside of the distal end of the clavicle (collarbone) and the acromion as well as the joint that is for...

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