Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is a common procedure that people with shoulder injuries often need. This procedure is common among athletes and those in professions that require frequent use of the shoulders.
What is Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair?
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is a surgical procedure that involves reconnecting tendon(s) to the humerus – the large bone in your upper arm. During an arthroscopic procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision near the shoulder joint and inserts a tiny camera known as an arthroscope. Through the incision, your surgeon can see inside the joint on a television or computer screen and perform the procedure through other small incisions made nearby.
When Is This Surgery Recommended?
Your surgeon may recommend this procedure if you a large tear in your rotator cuff. For mild to moderate tears, your surgeon will usually advise trying to let the tear heal naturally if at all possible. However, if the tear is significant or doesn’t heal, your surgeon may suggest this procedure.
You’re a candidate for this surgery if you have a significant loss in the range of motion in the shoulder or if you have persistent pain for months. Generally, this option is beneficial if you have tissue surrounding the tear that’s in good condition.
What to Expect
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is performed using anesthesia. The surgeon will make a small incision in the shoulder joint to insert the arthroscope. They will then make one or more additional incisions in the area to insert miniaturized surgical tools. Based on what’s seen on the screen, the surgeon will perform various repairs to correct the problem. Afterward, the surgeon will close the incisions with stitches, and you will enter the recovery room. As long as there are no complications, you can return home the same day.
Generally, you’ll be able to perform low-impact activities after surgery. For instance, you may be able to go back to work within a few days after surgery if you have a desk job or if you are able to modify your work responsibilities to eliminate the use of the arm that needs to heal. Patients are usually able to drive after one to three weeks. You can usually resume all of your daily activities a few weeks after that. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with exact dates based on how your recovery goes.
Problems rarely arise before or during arthroscopic procedures. Your surgeon will strive to reduce the potential for complications as much as possible. Rare complications, such as infection, can happen if you don’t take care to keep the wounds clean and dry at all times. Talk to your surgeon about what you should do to reduce your risk of infection.
Experienced Orthopedic Doctor in Little Rock, Arkansas
When you choose Dr. William Hefley for your rotator cuff repair in Little Rock, you’ll be in expert hands. Dr. Hefley strives for the highest level of results with every surgical procedure he performs. We strive to deliver effective results for each patient, so we provide each individual with recommendations based on their unique situation.
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