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What is Rotator Cuff Repair?

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is a procedure for fixing a rotator cuff tear, from shaving bone spurs or repairing torn tendons and muscles in the shoulder. If the patient’s injury extends beyond the rotator cuff, then the surgeon can perform modified rotator cuff surgery with bicep repair to correct the injury.

The rotator cuff comprises a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint. It is responsible for supporting the shoulder joint and keeping the head of the arm within the joint socket. Rotator cuff surgeries are performed for rotator cuff injuries. Rotator cuff damage is very common in people who have jobs that require repeated overhead motions or in athletes due to sudden jerking motions.

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Treatment

Diagnosis of Rotator cuff injuries

Rotator cuff injuries are easy to diagnose via a physical exam. First, the doctor tests the strength in the shoulder and arm muscles to assess the extent of the damage before performing other diagnostic tests. Other diagnostic tests that are performed for rotator cuff injury diagnosis are:

  • X-ray: A tear in the rotator cuff doesn’t appear on an X-ray, but the accompanying bone spurs and arthritic changes can be easily identified in an X-ray.
  • Ultrasound: Ultrasounds are used to visualize soft tissues such as muscles and tendons. It also helps assess the rotator cuff in motion. It also helps in the comparison of healthy and unhealthy shoulder joints.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): MRIs help visualize and diagnose soft tissue injuries with great detail.

Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery

For minor injuries, medical management is possible via rest, ice and physical therapy, but for rotator cuff tear repair, the only appropriate treatment is via Arthroscopic Tendon Repair. During the surgery, the surgeon inserts an arthroscope and surgical instruments to reattach the tears via small incisions. Patients will need a little physical therapy for torn rotator cuff after surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can rotator cuff injury heal without surgery?

There is no other treatment for torn rotator cuff other than surgery. With enough medication and physiotherapy, people can improve joint function and decrease pain, but without surgical intervention, the tear will not heal entirely, and the patient will lack strength in their limbs.

What does a rotator cuff do?

A rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons around the shoulder joint that helps maintain arm function. It supports the shoulder joint and helps keep the motions of the humerus smoother. In addition, it helps perform the abduction, medial rotation and lateral rotation motions of the arm.

Can I tell if I have a rotator cuff injury?

Rotator cuff injuries are self-diagnosable. If you want to check for rotator cuff injury, follow the given checklist:

Torn rotator cuff operation, also known as, torn rotator cuff and bone spur surgery, is the best treatment for such injuries.

  • Pain and difficulty in raising the arm
  • Popping sound while moving the arm
  • Shoulder pain worsening at night and resting
  • Unable to lift heavy items in the affected shoulder joint
What kind of suture anchors are used for rotator cuff surgery at Pristyn Care?

Suture anchors are tiny screws that are used to attach soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and meniscus to the bone to enhance healing in arthroscopic procedures. At Pristyn Care, we use PEEK and other biocomposite suture anchors material for rotator cuff surgery.

What is the cost of rotator cuff surgery in Visakhapatnam?

The average cost of rotator cuff surgery in Visakhapatnam is 60,000-75,000 INR at Pristyn Care. This is the average cost of our treatment package and includes the cost of other auxiliary facilities we provide. It can depend based on:

  • Type of suture anchors used
  • Number of suture anchors used
  • Hospitalization fees
  • Technology used
  • Insurance coverage
  • Medications required, etc.
What is a drop arm test?

This test is performed to find out the weakness of the supraspinatus muscle. The supraspinatus muscle is most often injured rotator cuff muscle. In this test, you have to extend your arm outside/to the side while in a sitting/standing position. First, raise your arm to 90 degrees with or without a helper, then try to lower the arm in a very controlled manner. If you have an injured rotator cuff, controlled lowering of the atm will be very painful and challenging.

What is a lateral jobe test?

It is the most reliable test for diagnosing a rotator cuff injury. The test is performed with an assistant’s help to look for weaknesses in the supraspinatus muscle. Raise your arm at a 90 degree angle, parallel to the ground. Then rotate your arm, palm facing backwards and thumb facing down. Then have a helper apply force on the arm and push back against the helper. If you have pain and difficulty resisting, that is a definite sign of a rotator cuff injury.

What is a lift-off test?

Lift-off test is performed to test the function of the subscapularis muscle, a muscle in front of the shoulder blade. To perform the test, place your injured arm behind your back with your palm resting on your lower back and then try to raise your arm. If you have any pain, then you may have a rotator cuff injury.

Why is it important to get rotator cuff treatment?

If you have a rotator cuff injury, you should get treatment as soon as possible to prevent the damage from worsening. The earlier it is treated, the less complicated the treatment will be. Make sure to keep the shoulder immobile to not exacerbate the injury.

How long does it take to heal a rotator cuff injury?

Usually, mild traumatic rotator cuff injuries heal within 2 to 4 weeks with medical management. However, chronic and severe injuries may take a few months, including physiotherapy. Since rotator cuff tears do not heal without surgery, severe rotator cuff tears can be healed within 4 to 6 months with surgery.

Do I need physiotherapy after rotator cuff tear surgery (RTC repair)?

Depending on the severity of the rotator cuff injury, you may require 2-8 weeks of physiotherapy after the surgery. You will be discharged in 1-2 days after the surgery. You can minimize the stiffness of the shoulder joint by immediately beginning the physiotherapy.

How long does it take to heal the rotator cuff completely?

Complete healing from rotator cuff surgery takes 4-6 months, depending on the severity of the injury. However, most patients regain almost shoulder function and strength within 2-8 weeks. In chronic severe injuries, complete recovery may even take over a year. A torn rotator cuff in the elderly can also take much longer to heal due to their declining recovery capability.

Should I massage a rotator cuff injury?

You should massage the injured shoulder by applying heat. It helps control the inflammation and pain in the area by releasing the scar tissue and loosening the tight muscles, thus increasing the range of motion of the joint. However, you should avoid deep tissue massage till your doctor has approved of it.

How are rotator cuff injuries caused?

Rotator cuff injuries are very common and, if not properly managed, can cause permanent disabilities. They can be caused by:

The most common reason behind rotator cuff injuries is muscle degeneration due to aging or arthritis.

  • Sudden jerk to the muscle when falling on an outstretched arm
  • Chronic injury due to repetitive motions
  • Muscle degeneration
What are the parts of a rotator cuff?

A rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint that includes:

  • Supraspinatus for internal rotation and lifting the arm
  • Infraspinatus for external rotation of the arm
  • Teres minor for rotation of the arm
  • Subscapularis for arm abduction
  • Tendons attaching muscles to the bone
Are there any complications associated with rotator cuff surgery?

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery is very safe and usually does not have any complications. Patients usually feel no pain after rotator cuff surgery, however, sometimes, in rare cases, there may be some complications associated with it:

  • Infection
  • Nerve or blood vessel injury
  • Hemorrhage
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Failure to repair and improve the symptoms
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis after rotator cuff surgery
Should I avoid any medicines before or after rotator cuff surgery?

Certain medications can increase the chances of infection and hemorrhage after rotator cuff surgery. Therefore, you should avoid certain medicines like aspirin, coumadin, celebrex, ibuprofen, naprosyn, plavix, etc., after the surgery. Do not take any medication without consulting your doctor beforehand.

Do’s and Don’ts after shoulder repair surgery.

After the surgery, you need to take good care of your shoulder to ensure proper healing. Tips for faster recovery after rotator cuff repair are:

  • Use a sling for 4-6 weeks after the surgery.
  • Keep your shoulder immobile. Do not perform any reaching, lifting, pushing, or pulling motions during the first 5-6 weeks after the operation.
  • If it feels too uncomfortable, you can remove the sling for a little while several times a day to straighten your elbow.
  • Keep up with your physiotherapy exercises and post-operative medication.
  • Eat light meals, especially on the day before the surgery.
  • Apply an ice-pack to the surgical site for 48-72 hours after the surgery two to three times a day.
  • Keep your dressing for the recommended amount of time. Make sure to follow up with your surgeon.
  • If there is any redness, inflammation, swelling, or bleeding from the incision site, then immediately contact your doctor.

How is arthroscopic rotator cuff operation performed?

The surgery is performed in the following steps:

  • Depending on several factors, such as the severity of the symptoms, the patient’s condition, the surgeon’s preference, etc., the surgery may be performed under general or local anaesthesia.
  • The surgeon creates a couple of tiny incisions. An arthroscope is inserted through the first incision through which the surgeon inspects all the rotator cuff tissues and damage to the tissue.
  • Through the second incision, the surgeon inserts operative instruments to bring the tendons’ edges together and attach them together using small rivets or sutures called anchors to attach the tendons to the bone.
  • The rotator cuff repair anchors are made of either metal or plastic and do not need to be removed after the surgery.

Minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder repair at Pristyn Care

Pristyn Care is associated with the best orthopedic surgeons in Visakhapatnam who have ample experience in performing arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery without any complications. Arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery is a minimally invasive surgery that does not involve any significant trauma to the surrounding tissues. The procedure is usually performed for rotator cuff injuries due to :

  • Aging
  • Muscular degeneration due to repetitive motions
  • Sudden jerking motion like falling down on the outstretched arm

How to book an appointment at Pristyn Care?

If you have pain in the shoulder, perform a self-assessment test to ensure whether you have a shoulder rotator cuff injury. If you are exhibiting any symptoms, then book an appointment with the best rotator cuff surgeons near you today. Do not wait for the condition to progress. You can book an appointment with Pristyn Care orthopedic surgeons in Visakhapatnam by either calling the number on top of the page or filling in the “Book an Appointment” form. Our care coordinators will immediately get in touch with you to book your appointment. You can also download our dedicated patient care app and book an appointment yourself.

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