Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Richard Goding, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa

Richard Goding, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in West Des Moines, IA & Corydon, IA

If you have shoulder pain and noninvasive treatments haven’t been effective, you might need arthroscopic shoulder surgery. At the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa in West Des Moines and Corydon, Iowa, Richard Goding, MD, performs expert arthroscopic shoulder surgery to reduce your pain and restore your shoulder’s function. If you’re living with debilitating shoulder pain, call the office nearest you or make an appointment online today.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

What is arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Arthroscopy is a type of minimally invasive joint surgery. It involves the use of an arthroscope, a thin tube with a camera and a light on its tip.

Dr. Goding inserts the arthroscope into your shoulder joint, and the camera sends a video feed to a monitor in the treatment room, allowing Dr. Goding to examine the inside of your joint and perform surgical procedures without having to make a large incision.

Why would I need arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Dr. Goding performs a variety of shoulder surgeries using arthroscopy. Some of the standard shoulder procedures completed with arthroscopy include:

  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Labrum repair
  • Ligament repair
  • Removal of loose or inflamed tissue
  • Repair of recurrent shoulder dislocations
  • Cyst removal


Dr. Goding can also use shoulder arthroscopy to diagnose shoulder injuries and degenerative conditions.

If you have shoulder pain that’s interfering with your range of motion or your ability to complete your day-to-day tasks, call the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa for expert diagnosis and treatment.

What happens during arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Dr. Goding provides general anesthesia when you have arthroscopic surgery. When your surgical preparation is complete, Dr. Goding begins by making a small incision near your shoulder, then inserts the arthroscope and injects fluid to inflate your joint, which allows for clearer images. He examines the inside of your shoulder joint to assess the damage.

Then he makes a few more small incisions and inserts other specially designed surgical instruments to complete your procedure. 

When he finishes the procedure, Dr. Goding extracts the surgical tools and closes your incisions. Depending on your needs, your surgery usually takes 2½ hours.

What should I expect after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

When your surgery is complete, you spend about two hours in recovery. Before he releases you, Dr. Goding reviews your aftercare instructions and gives you prescriptions for medicines to help you manage your pain and reduce your risk of infection.

You begin physical therapy almost immediately after your surgery to keep your shoulder and the surrounding muscles supple as you recover. You’ll also work on regaining your strength and range of motion.

If you have shoulder pain or a shoulder injury, call the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa or make an appointment online today to find out if shoulder arthroscopy is right for you.