Are you looking for an orthopedic shoulder surgeon near Annville, PA? Look no further than Dr. Michael Bercik and our experienced team at Lancaster Orthopedic Group in Mount Joy to begin your optimal health and shoulder movement journey.

Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon Annville, PADr. Michael Bercik is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the shoulder. This ensures he can treat the conditions of the shoulder with the necessary technique to promote an effective recovery with minimal downtime. For his training, Dr. Bercik graduated from Georgetown University Magna Cum Laude before receiving his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He then completed one domestic and two international fellowships to learn advanced techniques to treat shoulder and elbow ailments, including one studying under the world-renowned Dr. Gilles Walch.

Dr. Bercik received the Mark D Chilton award for outstanding patient care and the annual Orthopaedic In-training Examination award for scoring the highest in his residency program. Dr. Bercik strives for excellence in all areas of his work, and he continues to demonstrate this with each patient.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery: What You Need to Know

What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a type of surgical technique that orthopedic surgeons use to diagnose and treat conditions of the shoulder. This type of procedure is minimally invasive, leaving minor damage to surrounding joints and shorter recovery times for patients.

When you have an arthroscopic examination, your doctor will create a small incision in the skin and insert a surgical instrument around the size of a pencil. This instrument will have a small lens and light to illuminate the structures of the joint. The surgeon can then see an image on a screen of what the camera sees and can identify what is happening within the joint. This is a much more effective and accurate way to diagnose conditions of the shoulder than surface-level palpitations, and it heals quickly. For complex injuries, this method allows the doctor to make a plan for surgery before beginning the procedure.

What is found in arthroscopies?

Arthroscopic diagnosis can be used for several shoulder findings, but the most commonly found conditions of the shoulder tend to be:

Inflammation of the joint

Rotator cuff tears

  • Impingement syndrome
  • Loose ligaments leading to dislocations
  • Loose bodies of bone and cartilage
  • Acute and chronic injuries to the area
  • Synovitis, which is an inflamed lining—or synovium—in the shoulder

Arthroscopic procedures are most accurate and quicker at diagnosing shoulder injuries than X-rays, open surgeries, or MRIs alone. If your surgeon feels he may need extra information to make a surgical plan, arthroscopic procedures can be combined with other imaging and diagnostic methods.

What are arthroscopies used for?

For the shoulder, arthroscopies are used for both diagnosis and treatment. The surgeon may use an arthroscopic procedure to get a clear image of what is happening in the shoulder, and then they will later go back in with the arthroscopic equipment to treat the condition found.

Let’s Begin!

Residents of Annville, PA, shoulder schedule an appointment today with Dr. Bercik and Lancaster Orthopedic Group by using the “Schedule An Appointment” link in the top right of the website or call (866) 564-1000. We believe everyone should be able to participate pain-free in the activities they enjoy. The first step is always the hardest, but you will be on the road to recovery once you come in for your first appointment.