For those who have experienced a torn rotator cuff, our physician may suggest arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. During this procedure, a small camera is inserted, known as an arthroscope, into the joint of the shoulder. This is used to guide the surgeon when using small surgical instruments. This is usually an outpatient procedure and is minimally-invasive.
What is Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair?
The rotator cuff is comprised of tendons and muscles that hold the shoulder in position. It allows you to reach and lift your arm. The rotator cuff can be injured in a fall, develop issues from repetitive movement or can be negatively affected due to aging. It may need surgical repair that can include repairing torn muscles or tendons or shaving bone spurs. Arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery is done to restore flexibility and functionality of the shoulder and to relieve discomfort.
Who Needs Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair?
Active people such as athletes or people who do manual tasks often have rotator cuff injuries due to overuse and repetitive movements. It may also be damaged due to an injury or a fall. The damage can occur over time and can be due to:
- Inflamed shoulder tendons known as tendonitis
- Inflamed shoulder bursa known as bursitis
- Tears or strains in the rotator cuff
Some symptoms include muscle weakness, limited arm mobility, and discomfort. Medical treatment may include regenerative injections, stretching or strengthening exercises, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, and rest.
How to Prepare for Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
Our physician will explain the procedure. Ask questions you may have so that you understand the procedure. You will need to provide your medical history and have a physical exam that may include diagnostic and blood tests. Let our provider know of any allergies you may have to anesthesia, tape, latex, or medications. Make sure to list any medications you are currently taking or herbal supplements.
What is the Procedure Like?
The exact details of the arthroscopic rotator cuff repair procedure will vary depending on the severity of your injury and various other factors. These can be discussed with you during a consultation. Do keep in mind that a recovery period is involved after the procedure. Ice may be used to reduce swelling. Our provider can set up rehabilitation to strengthen and regain flexibility of your shoulder.
Contact the Experts
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair can be done to alleviate discomfort in the shoulder due to injury, repetitive use, or age. It can be done using state-of-the-art techniques here at Mattalino Orthopaedics in Phoenix, AZ. Contact us today to set up a consultation to find out more information.