What To Do If You Have a Rotator Cuff Tear
Rotator cuff injuries can be very common in people who have both active, and less active, lifestyles. Many of these injuries may require surgery due to the associated symptoms of pain and shoulder weakness. It can become a debilitating injury, making the activities of daily living a struggle for some people. Luckily, minimally invasive techniques are becoming the standard of care for rotator cuff surgery, instead of traditional surgery, which utilizes a large incision.
The rotator cuff is responsible for lifting the arm overhead and rotating the arm inside its socket. Rotator cuff tears can tend to occur where the rotator cuff tendon insertion tears away from the bone of the upper arm. These types of tears can interrupt the blood supply to the tissues, and impair healing. These tears cannot heal themselves, and if you suspect you may have one, you should contact a good orthopedic surgeon to evaluate you right away. Rotator cuff tears may start out small, and then with continued activity and aggravation, may increase in size and get more painful and debilitating over time.
Rotator Cuff Tears: The Arthroscopic Advantage
In today’s modern medicine, arthroscopic shoulder surgery is used. An arthroscope is a small fiber-optic device, with a camera lens, that acts as the eyes of the surgeon, seeing the injuries from within the joints where they occur. The image from the camera is displayed on a video monitor inside of the operating room that the surgeon uses while performing surgery. During the procedure, a series of instruments are inserted into the shoulder joint through a small number of incisions so that the surgeon can visualize the rotator cuff tear, and associated injuries to the shoulder, and repair them.
Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon Steven W. Meier, M.D. utilizes this procedure to minimize a patient’s healing time, decrease blood loss, and reduce the level of pain that’s traditionally associated with open surgical techniques. Arthroscopic surgery results in less trauma to the connective tissue and provides additional benefits, such as:
- Reduced recovery time
- Smaller scars/less scarring
- Less pain after the procedure
- Smaller risk of complications
- Increased success rate
Ultimately, the approach is less invasive and does not require splitting muscle layers in the same way that the traditional approach did. Patients enjoy a quicker recovery time that benefits athletes and athletically active people greatly — thus providing you more time for the things that you love to do.
Outpatient Setting for Surgery
Adding to the appeal of arthroscopic surgery, an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair procedure can be performed in an outpatient setting. You will arrive in the morning, have your surgery and go home the same day.
At Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Dr. Meier has hospital privileges at one of the finest outpatient medical facilities in the world: La Peer Health Systems. This neighboring Beverly Hills surgical center is a multi-million-dollar facility with some of the best surgeons in Los Angeles on its staff. La Peer offers highly personalized and technologically advanced care in a safe and controlled environment.
If you elect to have Dr. Meier perform your arthroscopic rotator cuff tear procedure, you can expect to go home within a few hours of your procedure.
Contact an Orthopedic Surgeon Today
Steven W. Meier, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in the surgical treatment of shoulder conditions and knee conditions, as well as arthroscopic surgical techniques. If you wish to schedule an appointment with renowned Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meier or have any further questions about arthroscopic shoulder procedures, contact his office at 310.736.2793.