Rotator Cuff – Shoulder Scope
Rotator Cuff Repair in North Dakota
If you hear your doctor refer to a “shoulder scope” procedure, he or she is talking about a shoulder arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure to examine and/or repair tissue damage in the shoulder joint.
Shoulder arthroscopy is performed to treat a variety of problems affecting the shoulder including acromiocavicular (AC) joint arthritis, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, bone spur removal, and repair of ligaments.
Rotator Cuff Repair Using Shoulder Arthroscopy
Rotator cuff repair is one of the most common shoulder surgeries we perform. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that connect to the head of the humerus and allow the arm to rotate and move upward to the front, back, and side.
Usually an outpatient procedure, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair involves the use of an arthroscope (instrument with camera) and specially designed miniature instruments to see and repair torn muscles or tendons in the shoulder’s rotator cuff.
Arthroscopy allows the surgeon to visualize and access the area in the most minimally invasive way possible.
Depending on the extent of your injury, your surgeon may determine that one or all of the following needs to be done during an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair:
- Debridement - removal of loose or damaged tissue
- Mobilization of tissue - bringing the edge of the tear back to its usual position
- Suture anchors - to secure the tear to the bone
The highly experienced orthopedic surgeons at The Bone & Joint Clinic are familiar with an arthroscopic approach to rotator cuff repairs. Find out today how they can help you.
Shoulder Arthroscopy at The Bone & Joint Clinic