Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery for Rotator Cuff Injuries

Nov 20, 2015 @ 10:00 AM — by Aron D Rovner, MD 
Tagged with: Spine Surgery

At New York Spine and Sports Surgery, Dr. Aron D. Rovner offers a comprehensive range of minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery options designed to restore function to injured parts of the body while minimizing healing time and promoting patient comfort. Among these options is shoulder surgery for rotator cuff injuries. At his New Jersey surgical center, minimally invasive arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is performed on an outpatient basis.

If you have been experiencing pain in your arm and your shoulder and limited range of motion in your arm, and these symptoms have not improved despite more conservative treatments such as rest, ice, and physical therapy, then it may be time to investigate arthroscopic surgery. We invite you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Rovner today.

About Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator cuff injuries are among the most common types of shoulder injuries. The rotator cuff is a network of muscles in the shoulder that hold the upper arm bone - the humerus - in the shoulder socket. It also aids in the lifting and rotation of your arm.

When one or more of the tendons in the rotator cuff become torn, the result can be intense pain and a dramatic reduction in a person’s ability to move his or her arm. A person can suffer a partial tear or a full tear, the latter manifesting itself essentially as a hole in the tendon.

Most rotator cuff injuries occur as a result of injury, repetitive stress, lack of adequate blood supply, or the presence of bone spurs. Athletes, especially baseball and tennis players, are particularly susceptible to rotator cuff injuries.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery to Repair the Rotator Cuff

During the arthroscopic procedure, Dr. Rovner works through tiny incisions using a small camera to display real-time, high-definition images onto a screen so that he can monitor his work. Using miniature surgical instruments, he repairs the torn tendon, reattaching it to the humerus. Any bone spurs that are present are removed at the time of the surgery.

One of the primary advantages of arthroscopic surgery is that it generally requires a shorter, less painful recovery time than traditional open surgery. The healing period after arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery is approximately four weeks, as opposed to six weeks with open surgery. Toward the end of the healing period, patients begin doing some “passive” exercises, in which a physical therapist supports and moves their arms for them.

After the initial recovery period, patients begin their active physical therapy. With steady rehabilitation, most patients are able to regain adequate strength and range of motion in their arms within four to six months of undergoing arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery.

Of course, following Dr. Rovner’s post-surgical instructions is essential to achieving the best possible outcome, as well.

Learn More about Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery for Rotator Cuff Injuries

If you would like to learn more about arthroscopic shoulder surgery for rotator cuff injuries, or you wish to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Aron D. Rovner, please contact New York Spine and Sports Surgery today.