Shoulder Arthroscopy Procedure in New Jersey

Diagnosing Shoulder Pain and Candidates for Surgery

The two most common reasons patients typically require a shoulder arthroscopy are rotator cuff tears and labral tears of the cartilage.  A tear to 1 or more of the 4 rotator cuff muscles can be due to trauma or caused by a combination of repetitive overhead movements over time along with an anatomic disadvantage called impingement.  Arthroscopic repair of the rotator cuff is usually performed in individuals over age 35. Oftentimes, these patients report feeling extreme discomfort and pain for an extended period of time, turning to the surgical procedure as a last resort after trying therapy and cortisone injection. Other candidates for shoulder arthroscopy include those who are plagued by a damaged cartilage ring called the labrum.  These type of injury are usually seen in athletes or individuals under age 35. When the labrum is torn, it no longer acts as a suction to keep the shoulder in the socket and over time can lead to shoulder dislocations and arthritis. Some other reasons to have arthroscopic surgery are to repair a torn bicep tendon, treat AC joint arthritis, or improve adhesive capsulitis/stiffness.

Preparing for Surgery and What to Expect

Once your orthopaedic surgeon or primary care sports medicine physician, deem it is medically necessary to proceed with surgery, you should discuss a surgery date that works good for you, the people caring for you after surgery, and your employer. You will be in a sling for approximately 1-4 weeks, so daily activities like brushing your teeth, showering, and feeding yourself can be hard.  Most desk jobs require minimal lifting so patients can go back to work within a week.  Depending on your medical history, blood work and medical clearance may be required.  Smoking and use of alcohol is not advised as it can slow healing.

Description of Procedure

Shoulder arthroscopy is a procedure that utilizes a small camera that is inserted through an incision.  The camera magnifies the shoulder joint and allows your surgeon to see any damaged areas of tendon, cartilage, and bone spurs.  Shoulder surgeries are done under general anesthesia and a nerve block to the arm being operated on is usually performed to help with pain after surgery.

Post-Surgery Care and Recovery

After the surgery is completed, it is critical to know what you should be doing when you get home as well as the weeks of months on the road to recovery.  Physical therapy is recommended to start 1-2 days after surgery to control the pain, swelling, and improve stiffness.  Unless told otherwise by your doctor, you should not try to lift your arm on its own.  Remain in your sling at all times, especially when sleeping.  Sleeping will be very uncomfortable weeks or month after surgery so do not be alarmed.

Shoulder pain should never be a condition you have to live with – if you feel as though you may benefit from a shoulder arthroscopy procedure, request an appointment at New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by filling out a contact form on our website.

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Meet The Team

Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON

Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.



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Anthony Festa, M.D.

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON

Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.


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Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON

Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.


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Robert M. Palacios, M.D.

SPORTS MEDICINE PHYSICIAN

Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.


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Craig Wright, M.D.

ORTHOPAEDIC TRAUMA SURGEON

Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.


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John Callaghan, M.D.

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON

John Callaghan, M.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma specialist. His expertise encompasses the treatment of acute traumatic injuries.


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TESTIMONIALS

  • "Doctors and staff very knowledgeable. Staff very friendly and helpful. Procedure I had went well and staff at surgical center very nice. My procedure went very smoothly. Follow up by staff impressive. Neat office; inviting. Would definitely recommend Dr. Festa to anyone in need of such services."

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Wayne Office

504 Valley Rd. Ste 200 Wayne, NJ 07470

Butler Office

45 Carey Ave. Butler, NJ 07405

Morristown Office

111 Madison Ave. Ste 400 Morristown, NJ 07962

Bridgewater Office

720 Rte. 202-206 Bridgewater, NJ 08807

West-Milford Office

1900 Union Valley Rd Hewitt, NJ 07421

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