A specialized camera, called an arthroscope, is often used to do minimally invasive surgeries in the shoulder. The camera is inserted via small incisions so Dr. Davis can evaluate the shoulder and do repairs as needed—for example, by reattaching a torn tendon back to a bone. Arthroscopic repair helps patients avoid large incisions and is often much less painful than open surgery. There is also less muscle damage, and most patients experience a faster recovery period. Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid open surgery in cases where a large tear is present.