Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Specialist

Ronald Hess, MS, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in West Chester, OH

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery lets your surgeon view and treat tissue damage without making an opening that will leave a large scar. At Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine’s three offices in Oxford and West Chester, Ohio, orthopedic surgeon Ronald Hess, MS, DO, regularly performs arthroscopic shoulder surgery to make repairs and limit or prevent re-injury. Set up your arthroscopic shoulder surgery consultation by calling one of the Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offices or booking online today.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Q & A

What is arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery, or shoulder arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive technique for treating injuries within the shoulder. Like other similar minimally invasive surgeries, arthroscopic shoulder surgery lets you recover with less prominent scarring and fewer complications than open surgery, like bleeding and pain.

During shoulder arthroscopy at Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Dr. Hess uses a high-resolution arthroscope – a camera with a light on the end that can fit into your shoulder and show the inside through a small incision. Dr. Hess guides small surgical instruments through other incisions to repair torn ligaments and tendons. 

Sometimes, shoulder arthroscopy is a valuable step in making a diagnosis. The procedure gives Dr. Hess a more complete picture of the damage in your shoulder if imaging tests are not conclusive.

Which injuries can arthroscopic shoulder surgery treat?

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery treats acute shoulder injuries as well as age-related wear-and-tear injuries in the joint. Your shoulders are the most mobile joints in your body, thanks to their ball-and-socket structures. Still, many different injuries can happen to the supportive muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. 

Some of the most common soft tissue injuries that Dr. Hess can repair with shoulder arthroscopy are:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Labral tears
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Biceps tendinitis
  • Joint arthritis
  • Other cartilage damage


During shoulder arthroscopy, Dr. Hess removes tissue damage and makes repairs. After you undergo anesthesia, he injects fluid into the joint to inflate it and make all structures easier to see with the arthroscope. 

When is arthroscopic shoulder surgery necessary?

While safe and highly effective, arthroscopic surgery is not usually the first choice in treatment for shoulder injuries. Typically, Dr. Hess recommends trying more conservative therapies first. Non-surgical treatments can reduce pain and swelling and make your shoulder more likely to heal smoothly on its own.

Sometimes, conservative treatments don’t make much of a difference. Dr. Hess might suggest arthroscopic shoulder surgery if you’ve already tried:

  • Resting your shoulder
  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Joint injections


Shoulder arthroscopy involves some recovery time, which you should keep in mind when planning your surgery. Dr. Hess will tell you which steps to take to reduce pain throughout the recovery and rebuild your shoulder’s strength, such as physical therapy. 

Shoulder complications are often treatable without surgery, but arthroscopic shoulder surgery simplifies the necessary repairs. To schedule your consultation, call Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine or book online today.