The distance of the tendon’s insertion to the center of rotation of the humeral head, when compared to the large distance from the center of rotation of the humeral head to the outstretched arm and hand creates a magnified force at the tendon insertion that overtime can lead to failure of the tendon’s attachment to bone. An injury to the rotator cuff can range from mild inflammation of the tendon, to a partial or complete tear. The shoulder specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho commonly diagnose and treat rotator cuff injuries for patients in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and surrounding communities of the Treasure Valley, returning them to their active, pre-injury lifestyle.
What is arthroscopic rotator cuff repair?
When one or more of the rotator cuff tendons is torn, the tendon no longer fully attaches to the head / ball of the humerus and the shoulder will lose its stability and strength. There are a variety of injuries that can occur including small amounts of damage from repetitive overuse, to a complete rupture of a tendon from its attachment site. When a tendon tears or ruptures, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery is necessary to restore mobility and strength to the shoulder joint.
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair uses a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, inserted through a small incision in the shoulder to “see” inside the joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, and the surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments, inserted through other small incisions. The arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is completed within the shoulder, which reduces the risk of post-operative complications. This type of minimally invasive surgery has also been shown to reduce the risk of infection, muscle injury and muscle stiffness with a quicker healing time.