Orthopedic Center
Thursday, April 02, 2020

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Rotator Cuff Repair

Arthroscopic Surgery


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Your doctor understands that all medical care benefits from close collaboration between physician and patient -- so be sure to review, with your doctor, all risks and alternatives and make sure you understand the reasons behind the recommendation for this particular procedure.

Now let's talk in detail about the procedure your doctor has recommended. That particular recommendation was based on a number of factors:

  • the state of your health,

  • the severity of your condition,

  • an assessment of alternative treatments or procedures and finally,

  • the risks associated with doing nothing at all.

And remember, the final decision is up to you. No one can force you to undergo a surgical procedure against your will.

The choice of treatment for a torn rotator cuff depends on kind of damage that has occurred as well as the state of your health and the condition of the rotator cuff tendons themselves.
Often, rest and medication are prescribed following an injury to the shoulder.
But surgery is often the only solution that can restore strength and mobility to torn tendons.
Your doctor has recommended surgery because he or she believes that it is the best alternative for you.
It is important to understand that the success of this procedure will depend on the health of the tendons in your shoulder.
If damage has been caused by deterioration due to age or a disease process, repairing the tendon may not restore full strength and mobility, though the procedure may relieve some chronic pain.
It is possible, in rare cases, that your doctor could learn during the operation that your rotator cuff is not healthy enough to tolerate this operation. In that case you will wake up having undergone surgery, but not the repair of the ligament.
Of course, no surgery is completely risk free. But your physician believes that if you decide not to undergo the recommended procedure, your quality of life will not improve and your ability to move your arm normally, will be effected.
Surgical procedures performed by making an incision large enough to expose the entire operative area are called "open" procedures.
Your doctor believes that your medical condition and overall state of health ...
...make you a good candidate for less intrusive, "closed" arthroscopic surgery.
However, it is important to understand that during the procedure, your surgical team is always prepared to convert an arthroscopic procedure to an open procedure - should they feel that your condition requires a more direct approach.
That means, that even though you will enter the operating room expecting to undergo an arthroscopic "closed" procedure there is always the chance, however remote, that your surgical team will find it necessary to perform an "open" procedure instead.
Converting to an open procedure will effect the length of your recovery and will probably require a longer stay in the hospital.

Now I'd like to introduce you to another important member of the medical team -- the nurse.

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