An arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is an increasingly popular form of repairing a torn rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and their tendons that surround the shoulder joint and provide stabilisation and strength to the shoulder. When a rotator cuff tear occurs the tendon that holds the upper arm bone, or humerus, into its socket has come loose or come away completely from the humerus. This causes a great deal of pain as well as destabilisation of the entire shoulder.
With an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair the torn tendon is repaired onto the bone using “anchors”. Any damaged and loose tissue is removed and sutures are threaded into the tendon. This sutured tendon end is then secured in place using these anchors which are inserted into humerus. An arthroscopic procedure involves a narrow camera and instruments into the joint through a few small incision holes, usually less than one centimetre in length.
The benefits of having a rotator cuff repair performed arthroscopically include a shorter recovery time, very little scarring, less pain experienced post operatively, and less likelihood of any complications occurring. Mr Durrant will discuss the option of an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair for your damaged shoulder.