Shoulder Arthroscopy Specialist

Frank Petrigliano, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Santa Monica, CA

Getting your shoulder repaired doesn’t require major surgery. One of Santa Monica, California’s top orthopaedic surgeons, Frank Petrigliano, MD, specializes in shoulder arthroscopy surgery at the UCLA Orthopaedic Center. He uses the arthroscope for multiple shoulder repairs and shoulder injury diagnostics, resulting in less recovery time and fewer scars.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Q & A

Which types of shoulder surgeries can be done with an arthroscope?

The majority of shoulder repairs are done arthroscopically. This is often the preferred surgery choice, since it’s not as invasive as an open surgery, meaning you’ll probably feel better after surgery. Using the small arthroscope and surgical tools, Dr. Petrigliano can perform:

  • Rotator cuff repairs
  • SLAP (Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior) repairs
  • Labral repairs
  • Bicep tenodesis
  • Subscapularis repairs
  • Shoulder diagnostics

What happens during surgery?

You likely are under general anesthesia for your procedure. Dr. Petrigliano may also administer a nerve block, which keeps your shoulder and arm numb during surgery, and for a while after the procedure is completed.

Once you’re under, he makes about 3-5 small incisions in your shoulder. Before starting the procedure, he fills up the area to be operated on with sterile fluid. This fluid expands your shoulder area, allowing him to see the area more clearly.

He places the arthroscope in one incision, while putting surgical instruments into the other incisions. The tiny camera on the tip of the arthroscope guides him. He watches a monitor to see precisely every move he is making with the surgical instruments.

After Dr. Petrigliano finishes diagnosing or repairing your shoulder injury, he stitches up the incisions. Then you are wheeled to a recovery room until the anesthesia wears off. Most patients go home the same day, but if your surgery is more complex, you might need to spend the night in the hospital.

Can large rotator cuff tears be repaired with an arthroscope?

Yes. It’s generally not possible to have a shoulder injury that’s “too big” to be done arthroscopically. Expert orthopaedic surgeons, like Dr. Petrigliano, often prefer to use an arthroscope, even for more severe rotator cuff repairs.

With an open shoulder surgery, Dr. Petrigliano only can see and repair the area around the incision. But the tiny camera at the end of the arthroscope provides a global view of the inside of your shoulder. This expanded view is much larger than the small area he sees if he opens your shoulder.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Here is a list of our accepted insurance providers. When in doubt, call your insurance company and see if we are contracted using our Tax ID number (#954505291). If you have any other questions regarding insurance, please contact the office. Thank you!

Aetna
AFTRA
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield of California
Cigna
HealthNet
Medicare
United Healthcare