What are the advantages and disadvantages of arthroscopy for the diagnosis of supraspinatus tendonitis?

Updated: Dec 04, 2017
  • Author: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Diagnostic arthroscopy

  • Minimally invasive, visual, surgical procedure to assess shoulder pathology

  • Can visualize and assess most shoulder pathology

  • May afford the patient and physician a chance to diagnose and treat the pathology with one procedure

  • Disadvantage - May miss capsular-sided, partial-thickness tears

Note: A workup for other, more systemic processes may be included as clinically indicated.


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