Modern Rotator Cuff Repair Techniques Help You Regain Your Active Lifestyle
Rotator cuff tears can present a challenging problem for both the patient and treating musculoskeletal specialist/orthopedic surgeon. Nonoperative treatment in a healthy and active individual results in significant impairment in daily function and quality-of-life. The preferred treatment is surgical and the latest advancements have been the development of all arthroscopic techniques to repair rotator cuff tears. The latest developments have allowed us to achieve a very secure and rigid fixation of the torn tendons while minimizing the presence of irritating suture knots in the articular spaces of the shoulder. This approach allows for optimal results, quick healing, and return to full function after rehabilitation.
The latest knotless anchor technology has enabled us to minimize the need for revision surgery to address prominent irritating knots that were the cause of less than optimal outcomes after arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery in some cases.
In addition, bioabsorbable materials give the surgeon the opportunity to perform very robust repairs with multiple implants as needed without leaving multiple foreign bodies in the shoulder long term thus minimizing the potential for complications in the future.
Given these advancements, nonoperative treatment of rotator cuff tears has now become the rare exception rather than the rule as it was in the past.
If you develop pain and difficulty with mobility after a shoulder injury and significant weakness, it is imperative that you visit with a fellowship trained arthroscopic shoulder surgeon for evaluation.