Rotator Cuff Procedures Can Help You Move Your Shoulder
Rotator cuff procedures help patients move shoulders freely without pain.
If you are one of the 4 million people in the United States who suffer from painful rotation of the shoulder, we have good news for you. The majority of rotator cuff injuries are repairable through two surgical procedures, allowing recovery of function as well as excellent pain relief.
Recent advancements in arthroscopic techniques have led to the development of totally arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery. The entire procedure is performed through several small incisions utilizing newly developed instruments and a camera. The benefits of this minimally invasive surgery include a decrease in postoperative pain, earlier mobilization of the joint and less stiffness. Patients undergoing this surgery are able to return home the day of the operation. Physical therapy and rehabilitation are performed on an outpatient basis, so patients are able to recover in the comfort of their home.
The Reverse Shoulder Prosthesis (RSP) offers an alternative option for patients suffering from end-stage rotator-cuff arthropathy (arthritis with massive rotator cuff tear) who have severely limited active movement. It can also be utilized to repair shoulder fractures in the elderly in which the bone has broken in several places.
With the RSP, the anatomy, or structure, of the healthy shoulder is reversed. In the healthy shoulder, the upper arm bone (humerus) ends in a ball shape. This fits into a socket formed by the shoulder blade (scapula). Together this ball and socket form the shoulder. The implant is designed so that the ball portion is attached to the scapula and the socket is placed at the upper end of the humerus. Patients have experienced very encouraging results from this new procedure.
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