Rotator Cuff Surgery - Basics
Rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults. Most tears occur in the supraspinatus muscle, but other parts of the cuff may be involved.
The rotator cuff can be torn from a single traumatic injury. Patients often report recurrent shoulder pain for several months and a specific injury that triggered the onset of the pain. Rotator cuff surgery, or shoulder surgery, is designed to alleviate the pain by repairing the rotator cuff.
When the tissue inside or around your shoulder joint becomes damaged, shoulder arthroscopy surgery, also known as rotator cuff surgery, is used to examine and/or repair the tissue of an injured shoulder or torn rotator cuff.
In anatomy, the rotator cuff or rotor cuff refers to the group of muscles and their tendons that act to stabilize the shoulder. The rotator cuff muscles are important in shoulder movements and in maintaining glenohumeral joint (shoulder joint) stability.
During rotator cuff surgery, the patient is put in a half-sitting position, with the head supported. Most shoulder operations like this are performed under general anesthesia, where the patient is under an anesthetic sleep.
In order to repair a torn or damaged rotator cuff, the surgeon must reattach the damaged tendon a stringy tissue that connects muscle to bone. Four tendons collectively form the rotator cuff. (or tendons) to the upper arm (humerus). (Note: Some rotator cuff injuries involve more than one torn tendon.)
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