A torn rotator cuff is an injury in the shoulder that can limit the use of your arm. Often, a torn rotator cuff is treatable with physical therapy and other conservative methods. However, these methods are not always effective, which usually means surgery is necessary.
Surgery is usually the last choice for treatment because it involves higher risks than conservative treatments. However, with a skilled surgeon, the risks of surgery are minimal while the results are excellent.
Types of surgery for a torn rotator cuff
Orthopedic surgeons have different options for repairing a torn rotator cuff. Below are three of the most frequently performed operations for rotator cuff tears:
- Open shoulder surgery — If one of the tendons in the rotator cuff is severely damaged or if it’s difficult to access, your surgeon may need to perform open shoulder surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision to open up the shoulder and gain visual access to the affected area. Once the tendon is repaired, the incision is closed and your wound can begin to heal.
- Arthroscopic surgery — Arthroscopic surgery is generally the preferred method for treating rotator cuffs because it’s minimally invasive. It uses small tubes in which a camera and tiny surgical instruments can fit through. This procedure is useful for repairing minor to moderate rotator cuff tears and other shoulder injuries.
- Total shoulder replacement — When the tendons or muscles in your rotator cuff are too damaged to repair, you may need total shoulder replacement surgery. This procedure involves the removal of your current shoulder ball and socket and replacing them with artificial ones that can be connected to the muscles and tendons.
Visit the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute for rotator cuff surgery
Our team at the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute is skilled in performing a variety of operations for shoulder pain, especially minimally invasive options. We can examine the condition of your shoulder and determine which surgery will be right to help you regain control of your arm. Contact us today to learn more about rotator cuff surgery or to schedule an initial appointment.