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Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair

The goal of rotator cuff surgery is to reattach the torn tendon(s) to the bone using sutures and anchors. Through advanced arthroscopic shoulder surgery, the rotator cuff is repaired using only 3-4 small incisions. Utilizing these minimally invasive techinques, Dr. Stanford is able to repair your rotator cuff while avoiding the need for a traditional “open” repair surgery. This advanced technique results in a smaller scar, does not require the deltoid muscle to be cut and consequently leads to less post-operative pain and a faster recovery.

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is an out-patient surgery using an anesthesic and nerve block. A camera is inserted into the shoulder joint and the damaged tissue is identified. Bone spurs and inflamed bursa are removed and the rotator cuff repair is completed. The rotator cuff is usually sutured and reattached to its original position with absorbable suture anchors.

During this surgery, Dr. Stanford will also assess the entire shoulder joint as well as the rotator cuff tendons. Any additional injuries such as labral tears or biceps tendon injuries are repaired at this time.