Shoulder arthroscopy provides quicker recovery, less pain than traditional procedure

Shoulder arthroscopy provides quicker recovery, less pain than traditional procedure
Dr. Eric W. Nelson offers treatment option at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (Feb. 7, 2014) – Recent advancements in the development of surgical equipment now allow orthopedic surgeons to treat shoulder conditions with a minimally invasive arthroscopic technique instead of an older, more invasive open procedure.

Eric W. Nelson, M.D., shoulder surgeon at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, began performing shoulder arthroscopy procedures 15 years ago, but the surgery technology has improved significantly in recent years, providing quicker, less painful recoveries and smaller scars.

“An arthroscope is a small fiber-optic viewing instrument made up of a tiny lens, a light source and a video camera,” Dr. Nelson says. “Using arthroscopic technology, I am able to easily examine, diagnose and treat injuries and conditions within the shoulder joint without disrupting surrounding ligaments and tissue.”

Shoulder injuries and conditions that can be treated using arthroscopy include shoulder dislocations, rotator cuff tears and labral injuries.

For more information about shoulder arthroscopy or to schedule an appointment at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, call (800) 762-1177.

Since 1974, Heartland Orthopedic Specialists has provided exceptional orthopedic care to residents in west central Minnesota. Specializing in sports medicine, treatment of the upper and lower extremities and total joint replacement and revision, the seven-doctor practice is one of the few outside the Twin Cities to offer two fellowship-trained sports medicine doctors within the subspecialty of orthopedics. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit Heartland Orthopedic Specialists online at, “like” Heartland Orthopedic Specialists on Facebook or follow @HeartlandOrtho on Twitter.