Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
You can suffer from a rotator cuff tear after falling or another significant injury. Degeneration and prolonged breakdown of the associated tendon can also result in a rotator cuff tear. Pain while sleeping and radiating pain on the affected side are common symptoms of a rotator cuff tear. You may also experience arm weakness while trying to perform your daily activities.
Worsening pain is an indication that the tear is getting bigger. It is important to speak with an orthopedic surgeon if you experience these symptoms or something similar. Your surgeon will want you to get an MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging to identify and confirm the injury.
You may be able to take care of your rotator cuff tear without undergoing any surgery if detected early. Nonsurgical treatment options may include cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medicines, and physical therapy, among others.
Your surgeon may recommend you to schedule the surgery if the nonsurgical approach doesn’t yield required results. The goal of any shoulder specialist is to help you restore your strength while managing your pain.
Thomas & Bigler Knee and Shoulder Institute, led by board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler, provides orthopedic surgery to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada, while also serving areas such as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.
Repairing Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Tears
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is an advanced and revolutionary procedure for treating rotator cuff tears. This is a minimally invasive technique which can yield the same results as conventional rotator cuff repair procedures.
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair or shoulder arthroscopy is a great way of treating tears in the rotator cuff. The entire shoulder joint can be evaluated by experienced surgeons. They use specially designed devices and instruments for fixing the tears using tiny incisions. Arthroscopic repair is particularly appropriate for large tears since it helps in visualizing and accessing the tear.
The following procedures are used to restore painless and normal motion:
- Débridement: This is used in cases where the rotator cuff is loose and degenerated. The rotator cuff may have frayed tissue on the edges, which is removed to give healthy tissue access.
- Mobilization: The rotator cuff is brought back to a normal position without putting undue tension. Margin convergence is used for larger tears.
- Suture Anchors: Specially designed devices are used for fixing the tear in place to secure the bone to the cuff tear.
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is of two types – all arthroscopic repair and mini-open arthroscopic repair. Arthroscope is used by the surgeon to look at the rotator cuff. It is a miniature camera which is guided after making a tiny incision on the effected joint. The camera will transfer images on a video monitor.
Mini-Open Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
This procedure makes use of a more advanced technology to repair the rotator cuff tear. The surgeon can directly view the tendons without using a screen or video monitor. It allows doctors to evaluate damage (if any) in the surrounding areas.
Orthopedic surgeons Dr. Thomas and Dr. Bigler receive patients from Las Vegas, Nevada as well as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV for orthopedic surgery.
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