Skip to Main Content

Are you awake during arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Because arthroscopic shoulder surgery only involves small cuts rather than large incisions, most people remain awake during the procedure. However, you may require regional anesthesia via spinal injection to numb the upper body or general anesthetic for more extensive tissue removal. If you receive general anesthesia, you are unconscious for the duration of the procedure. 

Before going in for arthroscopic shoulder surgery, make sure your health insurance covers both inpatient and outpatient surgeries in case your doctor finds that you need an open surgical procedure.

What is arthroscopic debridement of the shoulder?

How painful is shoulder debridement?

How long is recovery from shoulder debridement?

How long will you be off work after a shoulder arthroscopy?

What can you not do after shoulder arthroscopy?

* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

Sidecar Health offers and administers a variety of plans including ACA compliant and excepted benefit plans. Coverage and plan options may vary or may not be available in all states.

Your actual costs may be higher or lower than these cost estimates. Check with your provider and health plan details to confirm the costs that you may be charged for a service or procedure.You are responsible for costs that are not covered and for getting any pre-authorizations or referrals required by your health plan. Neither payments nor benefits are guaranteed. Provider data, including price data, provided in part by Turquoise Health.

The site is not a substitute for medical or healthcare advice and does not serve as a recommendation for a particular provider or type of medical or healthcare.