Rotator Cuff Tendon Tears/Shoulder Arthroscopy
Rotator cuff tendon injury is a spectrum of disorders ranging from simple inflammation of the bursa (fluid sac that helps gliding between surfaces) to complete tears of the rotator cuff tendons. The rotator cuff is a group of 4 tendons that attaches to the humeral head (the ball of the shoulder) and is responsible for rotation, elevation and stability of the shoulder.
Minimally Invasive Surgery / Shoulder Arthroscopy
Recent advances in arthroscopic surgical techniques now allow specially trained orthopedic surgeons (Dr. Edmond Cleeman & Dr. Mark Klion) to repair torn rotator cuff tendons through minimally invasive techniques (usually 4 small portals around the shoulder). These procedures are usually performed with a regional anesthetic (the arm is numbed) and the patient goes home the same day.
- Repairing the tendon: The torn rotator cuff is reattached to the bone. Sutures are arthroscopically placed through the torn rotator cuff tendon and fixed to the bone with implants called anchors. These anchors are non-metallic.
- Addressing impingement: Bony impingement issues (bone spurs) are also corrected arthroscopically. The bony spurs are removed using high-speed arthroscopic burrs.