Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

What is an arthroscopic surgery?

An Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure where instead of making large incisions to view the tissues being worked on the surgeon will make a series of holes and fill the surgical area with liquid or gas.  For a rotator cuff repair the joint will be filled with saline to expand the joint capsule In one entry point a camera will be inserted and in the others there will be tools used to cut, grind, debride, anchor, heat, stitch, and remove debris.

Rotator Cuff Repair Surgical Intervention

A rotator cuff tear most often occurs where the tendon attaches to the bone.  There are a few options for repairing rotator cuff tears.  Advancements in surgical techniques for rotator cuff repair include less invasive procedures such as arthroscopic repair.

Many surgical repairs can be done on an outpatient basis and do not require you to stay overnight in the hospital. Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss with you the best procedure to meet your individual health needs. You may have other shoulder problems in addition to a rotator cuff tear, such as osteoarthritis, bone spurs, or other soft tissue tears. During the operation, your surgeon may be able to take care of these problems, as well.

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Procedure

During arthroscopy, your surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your shoulder joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, and your surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments. Because the arthroscope and surgical instruments are thin, your surgeon can use very small incisions (cuts), rather than the larger incision needed for standard, open surgery. All-arthroscopic repair is usually an outpatient procedure and is the least invasive method to repair a torn rotator cuff.

Arthroscopic surgery techniques

Further developments in the treatment of rotator cuff disease include newer arthroscopic surgical techniques. These allow more secure repairs that may improve the rate of tendon healing.  Years ago, arthroscopes were used for exploratory diagnostic purposes, but currently the shoulder joint can be extensively repaired without opening up the shoulder joint.  Frayed connective tissue can be excised with a suction driven blade assembly and tightened up with microwave emitting tool.  Bone spurs can be ground off while the debris is suctioned out of the joint, and anchors can be inserted into bone and connective tissue can be connected to it.  These days there are few limitations to what arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery can provide and many conditions can be fixed while performing the inital procedure, for example a rotator cuff may be repaired during a arthroscopic capsular release or vise-versa.

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