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Everyone recovers differently from shoulder arthroscopy surgery. It may take several weeks to several months to recover from shoulder arthroscopy. Most people get their full movement back again eventually. For more information, see our section on recovering from shoulder arthroscopy.
A shoulder arthroscopy is keyhole surgery rather than open surgery. You’re likely to have a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery time and fewer complications afterwards. But you usually still need to have it done under a general anaesthetic.
You won’t feel pain during the operation as you’ll have an anaesthetic. But you’re likely to have some pain and stiffness after surgery. For more information, see our recovering from shoulder arthroscopy section.
Speak to your surgeon about when you can go back to driving safely after your operation. Your ability to drive will be affected by how quickly you recover and whether you’re taking strong painkillers. See our recovering from shoulder arthroscopy section for more information.
You’ll usually have a general anaesthetic for shoulder arthroscopy. This means you’ll be asleep during the operation. But sometimes you may be able to have a nerve block instead. You’ll be awake but won’t feel anything. See our preparing for shoulder arthroscopy section for more information.
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