Shoulder Arthroscopy – Rotator Cuff Repair

Shoulder Arthroscopy – Rotator Cuff Repair


The shoulder tendons, which compose the rotator cuffs, are inserted in the upper extremity of the humerus. The acromion is part of the scapula and forms the top of the shoulder. The tendons rub against the acromion if it
is too curved, resulting in irritation and rupture. The acromion is firstly trimmed in
order to remove the impingement or excessive contact with the tendons. The bone of the humeral head is prepared to receive the anchors, which will enable the repair. The threads
attached to these anchors are passed through the tendon and are tied together to reattach
the tendon to the bone. The tendon is repaired and there is no longer any excess contact between the tendon and the acromion. As a result, the tendon can heal by averting
repeated rupture. The shoulder thus recovers mobility and strength, and is no longer painful.
This operation is performed arthroscopically, without opening the shoulder, through small incisions using a camera to visualize the joint. The operation preserves the other shoulder
muscles and enables rapid recovery.

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