Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Surgery Provides Relief and Minimized Recovery Time

rotator cuff repair

If you are suffering with a torn rotator cuff, orthopedic surgeon Aron Rovner can perform arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery at his New Jersey practice to provide relief and expedited recovery. One of the most common shoulder injuries is a tear to the rotator cuff, or the muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder. An arthroscopic procedure is considered the most advanced approach to rotator cuff repair. It involves using minimal incisions and small, precise instruments to reattach tendons to the head of the humerus (upper arm bone), restoring shoulder stability. Using this approach, patients can expect to fully recover within four to six months. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

The Arthroscopic Procedure

Minimally invasive arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients return home the same day as surgery. While the patient is under general anesthesia, Dr. Rovner will first inject fluid into the shoulder joint. This fluid clears the joint, allowing for improved visibility of the internal structures using a fiber-optic camera called an arthroscope. A very small incision is made at the treatment site, and the arthroscope is inserted into the joint. Images are projected from the camera onto a monitor to guide Dr. Rovner through the procedure. Additional incisions allow special surgical instruments to be threaded into the shoulder. Dr. Rovner will carefully articulate the instruments to make the needed repairs to the damaged tissues.

The extent of a rotator cuff repair procedure depends on the severity of the case. If the cuff is completely severed, the thickest section can be sutured together to provide stability. For partial tears, the tendon may only need to be trimmed or smoothed. Other shoulder issues, such as torn cartilage or bone spurs, can also be repaired at the time of surgery.

Arthroscopic vs. Open Surgery

A traditional open surgery requires incisions several centimeters long at the shoulder. Through these incisions, the surgeon detaches the shoulder muscle (deltoid) to view and access the torn tendons. The surgeon may also remove bone spurs from the underside of the acromion in a procedure called an acromioplasty. An open repair procedure may be needed for large or complex tears, or to perform reconstructive treatments such as a tendon transfer.

Arthroscopic surgery provides a number of advantages over open surgery, including:

  • Smaller incisions and less trauma to the treatment area
  • Reduced risk of side effects
  • Minimized inflammation, bleeding, and pain
  • Shorter recovery times
  • Recovery can take place in the comfort of the patient’s home

Candidates for Arthroscopic Surgery

Your doctor may recommend an arthroscopic surgery for a torn rotator cuff if your pain and range of motion do not improve with nonsurgical methods. Surgery may become necessary if:

  • Symptoms have lasted six to 12 months
  • You have experienced significant weakness and loss of function in your shoulder
  • The rotator cuff has experienced a large tear that is three centimeters or longer
  • A tear was caused by an acute injury

Contact Us Today to Learn More

Dr. Rovner's advanced surgical techniques help patients make a swift return to the active lifestyle they love. Contact our office today to learn more about this procedure, or other shoulder surgeries.