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What is a Rotator Cuff Repair?

Rotator cuff repair is typically recommended for individuals who have sustained a tear in one or more of the tendons of the rotator cuff, often due to injury, overuse, or wear and tear. This procedure is essential for restoring shoulder strength and functionality, especially in those who lead active lifestyles or perform physical work.

When Is Rotator Cuff Repair Necessary?

Rotator cuff repair may be necessary if you experience:

  • Continuous shoulder pain that persists despite non-surgical treatments
  • Weakness in the shoulder that makes it difficult to perform everyday tasks
  • Loss of motion and function in the shoulder, particularly movements involving lifting or rotating the arm

Overview of the Procedure

The rotator cuff repair procedure involves general anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the surgery. The surgeon makes small incisions around the shoulder to insert an arthroscope, allowing them to view the rotator cuff tendons on a video screen.

Special instruments are then used through these incisions to trim or remove any damaged tissue and to reattach the torn tendon to the bone. Sutures and anchors are often used to secure the tendon, promoting optimal healing. The incisions are then neatly closed, and the shoulder may be immobilized with a sling to facilitate recovery.

Excel Health’s Approach

At Excel Health, our approach to rotator cuff repair includes:

  • Minimally Invasive Techniques: We use advanced arthroscopic methods that involve smaller incisions, resulting in less tissue damage, reduced pain after surgery, and quicker recovery times.
  • Personalized Treatment Plans: Understanding that each patient’s situation is unique, we tailor our approaches to meet your specific health conditions and recovery objectives.
  • Cutting-edge Technology: Our surgical teams are equipped with the latest technology and techniques to ensure precise and effective treatment outcomes.

Post-surgical Care and Recovery

Recovery from rotator cuff repair is a critical phase where proper care and rehabilitation are key to successful outcomes. Excel Health provides:

  • Structured Rehabilitation: Our rehabilitation program starts soon after surgery, focusing on gradually increasing exercises that improve strength and mobility in the shoulder.
  • Pain Management: We implement advanced pain management techniques to help control discomfort and facilitate a smoother recovery.
  • Regular Monitoring: Follow-up visits are scheduled routinely to assess healing and make necessary adjustments to your rehabilitation plan, ensuring a steady return to normal activities.

Rotator cuff repair is a significant procedure for those struggling with shoulder pain and dysfunction. If you believe this surgery could be beneficial for you, don’t hesitate to contact Excel Health for a comprehensive evaluation and to discuss your treatment options.

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