Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair A Minimally Invasive Option

elbow rotator cuff
By: Gene J. DeMorat, M.D.

The rotator cuff is a series of muscles that provides essential function for overhead and lifting activities of the shoulder. Unfortunately, it is commonly associated with injury resulting from falls; from the repetitive motions of sports, like throwing a ball; or even simple lifting.

Depending on the degree of injury and response to conservative treatment, surgical intervention may be required to relieve the pain of a rotator cuff injury and restore function, according to Dr. Gene J. DeMorat of Shore Orthopaedics University Associates.

Traditional rotator cuff repair is performed by direct visualization of the torn rotator cuff through a three-inch incision through the deltoid muscle. Arthroscopic repair is a new surgical technique that has evolved over the last decade; it enables the physician to repair the injury through several one-centimeter incisions on the shoulder through the deltoid. Through these small incisions, the rotator cuff is viewed with a small camera called an arthroscope, and repaired using small instruments.

This less invasive technique has many benefits, according to Dr. DeMorat. The smaller incisions produce less scarring and damage to the deltoid muscle, limiting the risk that the muscle will not regain its full strength. Also, the damaged cuff can be better visualized, allowing for a more anatomic repair. With this superior view, surgeons are able to repair previously irreparable tears.

ShoreOrthopaedicUniversity Associates has offices in Somers Point, Galloway and Cape May Court House. To learn more about arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, see or call (609) 927-1991.

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