Reasons for Procedure
Your doctor may recommend this surgery for:
- A rotator cuff injury which does not respond to rest and physical therapy treatment
- A complete tear in the tendon
- Chronic pain and weakness from a partial tear in the tendon
Rotator Cuff Procedure
Dr. Tony completed an extra Fellowship year focusing on arthroscopic shoulder surgery.
A few small incisions will be made in the shoulder. A narrow tool called an arthroscope will be inserted through the incision. The scope has a tiny camera to allow the doctor to see inside. Other small instruments will be inserted through the other incisions. The doctor will use these tools to repair the tendon.
The doctor will make a large cut in the skin over the shoulder. The torn tendon will be repaired and reattached and/or anchored with stitches. The incision will then be closed with stitches or staples.
You can get a rotator cuff tear by:
- Falling on your shoulder (i.e. Mountain biking or skiing)
- Using an arm to break a fall
- Lifting heavy weights or repetitive overhead exercises
Athletes prone to getting rotator cuff tears include:
- Baseball players, especially pitchers
- Tennis players
- Football players