Man injured while working out

Many of us take for granted how often we move, use, and rely on our shoulders every day. Even slight discomfort can drastically affect our movements. And if we experience a larger injury, or “tear” in our shoulder? It may be time for CORE! At CORE Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our doctors will assess your shoulder tear and determine the best plan for repair to get you back to your life, work, and hobbies. A majority of patients have success with non-surgical treatments, but if pain persists, then we will look at surgical repair of the rotator cuff.

At CORE, we are proud to feature arthroscopic surgical options for fixing shoulder tears. With the arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, you can experience a rotator cuff surgery that uses advanced technology to provide the least invasive surgical approach for healing your tendon.

How does arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery differ from open repair surgery?

In the traditional method for repairing rotator cuffs, the doctor makes an incision over your shoulder to better see the shoulder muscles and access the torn tendon. The open repair was the first method used for repairing torn rotator cuffs, but new technology allows for a less invasive surgical method called arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. The open repair surgery is sometimes preferred for more extreme tendon tears, but in most cases, we use the arthroscopic method.

With the arthroscopic method, the doctor uses a small camera, called an arthroscope, to complete the surgery. The doctor inserts the camera in your shoulder joint, allowing the doctor to see into the shoulder and use tiny surgical instruments to complete the surgery. Because the camera and the surgical instruments are very small, the doctor only needs to make very small incisions in the shoulder. The arthroscopic technique is the least invasive method for repairing torn rotator cuffs, and the procedure is generally outpatient.

Do you qualify for an arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery?

If you have a torn rotator cuff and nonsurgical treatments have not decreased your pain, your doctor may recommend repair surgery. An indication you may need surgery is if you have experienced a recent, acute injury that has led to continued shoulder pain for 6 to 12 months. If you have a large tear that is more than three centimeters and you have healthy tissue surrounding the rotator cuff, you may also qualify. Candidates for surgery also often experience significant weakness and function loss in their shoulder.

Depending on a number of factors, such as the size of your tear, your body structure, and the quality of your tendon tissue and bone, our doctors will help you determine the best method for successfully repairing your rotator cuff.

You rely on your shoulders every day, and we understand how important it is to find the right treatment for each patient. At CORE Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, our team is committed to educating you on all your treatment options so we can work together to determine which treatment is right for you. Let us help you get back in the game by calling us to schedule an appointment at (605) 336-2638.

3 replies
  1. Dave Anderson
    Dave Anderson says:

    I consider myself to be a very active person yet in the past couple of months my shoulders have been hurting me causing me to lose focus, energy, and drive to stay active. Like you mentioned, there are now newer less invasive methods to go in and repair the shoulder muscles. Because of that, I think that it would be a good idea for me to see a doctor and see if I would be a candidate for that surgery.

  2. Derek Dewitt
    Derek Dewitt says:

    My wife injured her shoulder a few months ago at the gym and is still hurting to this day. I had no idea that this was irregular and called for surgery. We might have to find an orthopedist and see what they think. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sam Solo
    Sam Solo says:

    I think I might have torn my rotator cuff lifting too much in the gym. I think we might just go straight to surgery because I tore more than one tendon. It’s a bummer, but I’ll just be relieved if the surgery goes well.


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