Shoulder Arthroscopy in South Korea

Shoulder arthroscopy has emerged as one of the most popular methods of treatment for treating major shoulder problems. Issues related to frequent bone dislocation, rotator cuff tear, ligament tear, etc., can be cured via this procedure. Mostly occurring in case of athletes, as a result of accidental injuries or traumatic impact in individuals, the shoulder arthroscopy is performed on millions of candidates all across the world. The ball and socket joint of the shoulder is supported by a number of ligaments and tendons, and any kind of anomaly may take a major form and cause lifetime of damage. 

What is Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, which involves curing any kind of ligament or tendon tear, frequently dislocating joint, or other injuries with the help of a micro camera inserted through the skin. Apart from the above reasons, in general, an arthroscopy procedure for shoulder is required, in case of:

  • Rotator cuff tear, where the candidate needs artificial attachment of the he dons to the bones with the help of suitable anchors
  • Removal of damaged tissue, coracoacromial ligaments, and bone spurs causing extreme pain in the tissue
  • Bankart lesion, SLAP lesion or other kinds of ligament tear. 

Ideal Candidate for Shoulder Arthroscopy

Before suggesting shoulder arthroscopy, the surgeon will determine the candidacy of an individual. One can be an ideal candidate, if the individual:

  • Is diagnosed with unstable shoulder joint
  • Has experienced tear in the rotator cuff or ligament, or bicep tendon
  • Spurs or bony outgrowth 
  • Labrum injuries
  • The extent of injury incurred by the candidate
  • Type of arthroscopy needed
  • Type of anchor required
  • Proficiency of the surgeons performing the procedure
  • Complexities, if any 
  • Healthcare benefits availed.
Treatment and Cost

5

Total Days
In Country

2 No. Travelers

1 Day in Hospital

4 Days Outside Hospital

Treatment cost starts from

USD 7500

Hospitals

About the Shoulder Arthroscopy

A shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure conducted to inspect, diagnose, and rectify the problems involving the shoulder joint. During a shoulder arthroscopy, a small device attached to a camera is inserted into the shoulder to diagnose the reason for pain in the shoulder, among other problems.

Miniature surgical instruments are also inserted into the shoulder to rectify the identified problem. Such a surgery is known as arthroscopic shoulder surgery. When shoulder replacement is conducted with the help of arthroscopy, the procedure is known as arthroscopic shoulder replacement.

At each stage of the arthroscopic shoulder surgery, the surgeon is guided by an image displayed on the television screen. This is a minimally invasive procedure that ensures a quick recovery.

The shoulder has three bones, namely:

  • the clavicle (the collarbone),
  • scapula (the shoulder blade),
  • and humerus (the upper arm bone). 

 A rotator cuff tear, articular cartilage, labrum and surrounding soft tissues can be the cause of pain in the shoulder joint. These areas can get damaged or distorted as a result of some accident. The actual cause of pain can be diagnosed with the help of a shoulder arthroscopy. Sometimes, age-related wear and tear can is also responsible for shoulder joint-related pain and problems.

Symptoms of a shoulder injury include excessive pain in the shoulder joint and stiffness in the shoulder joint that may hinder easy movement of the arm around the shoulder joint. The patient may experience trouble while sleeping with the affected shoulder on one side. Slight swelling can also be observed physically in the joint region. 

 A physician may recommend a shoulder arthroscopy if your shoulder does not respond well to other alternative treatments such as exercising and physiotherapy. Common rotator cuff surgery can be used to conduct rotator cuff repair, removal or repair of the labrum, repair of ligaments and recurrent shoulder dislocation, and bone spur removal. Some of the less common procedures may include fracture repair, cyst excision, and nerve release.

How is Shoulder Arthroscopy performed?

Step by step Procedure Breakdown of Shoulder arthroscopy

  • A member of the anaesthesia team will speak to the patient to explain the options for anaesthesia. Regional nerve blocks are usually employed to perform shoulder arthroscopy.  An anaesthetic is employed additionally during the surgery to control pain after completion of the procedure.
  • Due to the fact that patients do get uncomfortable lying in one single position for a very long period of time, some surgeons choose to combine both nerve blocks and light general anaesthetic.
  • Less than an hour is required to complete shoulder arthroscopy procedure on a patient. Depending on the health of the patient, an arthroscopic shoulder surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis or may require a stretched stay in the hospital
  • The position of the patient is set in a way that the surgeon gets a quick and easy access to the shoulder and easily monitors the progress on the monitoring screen which displays the images taken by the camera attached to the arthroscope.
  • Once the patient is positioned, the surgical team works to remove unwanted hair in the region. To cleanse the skin, the surgical team may apply some antiseptic and cover the arm with sterile drapes. The forearm is placed inside a holding device to ensure that the arm stays in place during the procedure.
  • To inflate the joint, the surgeon injects some amount of fluid in the joint. This ensures that all the structures of the shoulders are visible through the arthroscope. A small puncture is created to insert the arthroscope.

Images captured by the camera from the arthroscope is directly visible on the monitor in front of the surgeon. The images allow the surgeon to understand the extent of damage and subsequent repair required.

Once the problem is clearly understood, the surgeon inserts surgical instruments through other incisions made in e shoulder. Specific instruments for cutting, grasping, suture passing, knot tying, or shaving are inserted as per the requirement. With the help of sterile strips, the surgeon closes the incision once the job is done.

Recovery from Shoulder Arthroscopy

What to expect after shoulder arthroscopic surgery?

  • Aftercare and recovery after shoulder arthroscopy are any days simpler as compared to other open surgeries. One may be discharged on the same day of the procedure. However, it may take a few weeks for complete healing to take place.
  • The total arthroscopic shoulder surgery recovery time varies from one patient to the other. Some level of pain may remain for a week. However, it can be counteracted with some ice rub.
  • Apart from that, medicines are prescribed by the doctor to take care of the pain. You may also find comfort sleeping in reclining chairs for a week. After a week, the large bandages can be replaced with smaller band-aids. A sling will be required for some time or as advised by your doctor.
  • A complicated surgery may also demand some time with a physiotherapist. There may be a slight pain that may occur from time to time, but otherwise, the problems once solved should not return back to haunt you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of South Korea / Why should opt for South Korea as a destination for your medical treatment?
South Korea is recognized for its strict rules and regulations which have kept the country in strict discipline. As an upside, the country has well-maintained regulations for every process and impressive medical healthcare facilities which have garnered thousands of visitors from across the world. The reason for opting for hospitals in South Korea is the astounding treatment options available at a very cost-effective price range, which is undoubtedly more affordable than most of the developed countries across the world. Besides the well-planned infrastructure, the treatment in South Korea and the alternatives offered are tempting enough. Apart from that, the country also flaunts high success rates and has thus been able to cure some of the most complex diseases in the world.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Korea? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. YUHS Severance Hospital + Gangnam Severance Hospital is a JCI certified hospital in South Korea.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Korea of the best quality?
The doctors and surgeons providing treatments in South Korea are globally recognized for their service in the medical field. Furnished with degrees from reputed universities and decades of training and experience, the doctors have earned high success rates throughout their professional careers. The doctors have to undergo rigorous training to keep up with the strict protocol and measures of hospitals in South Korea. Hence, quality is maintained.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Korea?
The Korean embassy follows a strict protocol for obtaining a visa for traveling to the country. The necessary documents (photocopies and original) have been listed on their official website and should be strictly adhered to. The candidate also has to produce necessary papers stating the medical cause and referral certificate signed by the registered medical practitioner. Although these need to be taken care of by the candidate, the rest of the procedures and further visa assistance is managed by the sponsors in most cases. A Medical Dependent Visa is granted to those who are accompanying a patient traveling to Sount Korea for medical treatment on a Medical Visa. This visa can be given to a close relative/family member or a friend of the patient. Please note that relevant letters/documents explaining details of the treatment, signed and stamped by the concerned hospitals/doctors, a declaration from the patient or an immediate family member is also required confirming the escort travel along with the patient.
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Which are the best cities in South Korea for medical treatment?
Treatment in South Korea is affordable. Seoul is the capital of South Korea and one of the main cities for healthcare. Seoul and Daegu have some of the best hospitals in South Korea. Busan, Incheon, and Ulsan also have developing healthcare facilities.

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