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Tags: rotator cuff tear | surgery | shoulder pain | arthroscopy | prognosis

Rotator Cuff Tear Surgery Prognosis

Monday, 31 March 2014 09:03 PM EDT

Are you experiencing searing shoulder pain? If you have had a recent injury affecting the shoulder, be sure to check with your doctor if you have had a rotator cuff tear. Rotator cuff tear occurs in many active men and women and is the major cause of severe shoulder pain and disability in moving the arm.
A rotator cuff tear causes severe shoulder pain because it occurs in the shoulder where a group of tendons (called the rotator cuff) are torn, displaced, or weakened. This in turn causes the ball and socket joint in the shoulder to be loosely placed causing friction while moving or rotating the arms. This results in severe shoulder pain experienced by people with rotator cuff tear.
Surgery is the primary treatment option for a rotator cuff tear though nonsurgical rehabilitative therapy is also advocated to relieve shoulder pain. When conventional nonsurgical treatments do not cure a rotator cuff tear and alleviate shoulder pain, surgery in the form of open shoulder surgery, mini-open surgery, and arthroscopy are usually recommended.

Rotator Cuff Tear Surgery Prognosis

Rotator cuff tear surgery usually involves three common procedures that are performed based on the extent of rotator cuff tear and damage.
  1. Debridement in rotator cuff tear arthroscopy surgery: The first step of arthroscopy surgery for rotator cuff tear repair is the removal of loose tendons and fragments from the shoulder joint.
  2. Subacromial smoothing in rotator cuff tear arthroscopy surgery: After the loose tendons are removed, the upper part of the arm bone (having the ball end) and the shoulder blade and clavicle (forming the socket) could be smoothened or shaved to ensure that the rotator cuff tear is not worsened due to pinching and stressing. This is the main reason for shoulder pain caused by a rotator cuff tear.
  3. Sewing torn edges in rotator cuff tear arthroscopy surgery: Once the loosened tendons from rotator cuff tear are removed and space has been made in the shoulder joint, the torn edges of rotator cuff tendons are sewed to the upper end of the arm bone and in the shoulder joint.
The rotator cuff tear arthroscopy surgery prevents further damage to the shoulder joint and prevents arthritis and other complications that should be considered in rotator cuff tear prognosis.
When an arthroscopy surgery is performed, these procedures are carried out via a thin hole or incision made in the shoulder. Arthroscopy surgery for rotator cuff tear also reduces chances of damage to bones and other tendons in the shoulder joint. Arthroscopy surgery for rotator cuff tear also significantly reduces shoulder pain postsurgery.

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Rotator cuff tear is an injury that could cause severe shoulder pain. Arthroscopy and open shoulder surgery are often recommended to treat rotator cuff tear and prevent further complications from rotator cuff tear prognosis such as arthritis and immobility.
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Monday, 31 March 2014 09:03 PM
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