When a rotator cuff tear is severe enough and does not respond to physical therapy or heal on its own, an orthopedic specialist may determine that surgery is the best option to repair the damage. The rotator cuff is the group of ligaments and tendons that support and provide stability to the shoulder in the joint and allow for full range of motion. A tear in one of the tendons of the rotator cuff is common in athletes and people who perform repetitive mechanical activities, such as a tennis serve or playing the drums, but a rotator cuff tear can also result from a sudden forceful movement or from general wear and tear.
Rotator Cuff Surgery Los Angeles
When a tendon in the rotator cuff is torn it can lead to pain and the inability to fully move or extend the arm. Orthopedic specialists like Dr. Steven Meier perform rotator cuff surgery in Los Angeles and will perform an evaluation of the injury and patient to determine whether surgery is the best option.
If surgery is necessary, many specialists like Dr. Meier use a procedure known as arthroscopic surgery to repair or replace the torn tendon. Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that can sometimes be less painful and offer a shorter recovery time than traditional open shoulder surgery. During arthroscopic surgery, a surgeon will make several small incisions around the shoulder joint and go into the shoulder joint with an instrument called an arthroscope. An arthroscope contains a small light and camera at the end that allows the surgeon to see images of the shoulder joint on a video screen in the operating room. An arthroscope works as both a diagnostic tool to assess joint damage as well as a surgical tool to perform the repair. Patients will undergo a plan of physical therapy to rehabilitate the shoulder after surgery.
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