Shoulder Surgery Pain

Most patients who will undergo shoulder surgery in Melbourne with an arthroscopic shoulder surgeon will have one of a multitude of anaesthetics. The most common would be a general anaesthesia however the anaethetist may decide to use a local or general anaesthetic block for postoperative pain. Given that the operation is performed arthroscopically, the pain received form the operation is well controlled with simple analgesics. My experience is that the best shoulder surgeons in Melbourne tend to use highly experienced anaethetists who specialise in joint surgery. Arthroscopy only involves two to three small insertions in most situations and avoids muscle splitting or muscle in sizing approaches. Patients do experience some pain however mostly due to the local effects of the operation itself or the swelling associated with the fluid entering the joint.