Repair of the rotator cuff is Dr. Bushnell’s #1 most frequently performed surgical procedure. While many tears may not require surgery, Dr. Bushnell uses advanced arthroscopic and minimally-invasive techniques when surgery is required. Arthroscopic repair of the rotator cuff involves placing several small “portal” incisions (usually about ¼ inch each) in the shoulder and using a small video camera to guide the surgery. With the use of special equipment, the rotator cuff is repaired with sutures and usually “suture anchors,” which are like small corkscrews that screw into the bone and provide a stable attachment for the stitches. Sometimes even more advanced techniques are needed, such as artificial patches and tendon slides.
For more information about rotator cuff tears, please visit these links:
Rotator Cuff Tears – Surgical Treatment Options
Rotator Cuff Repair – (National Library of Medicine)
Rotator Cuff Repair – (WebMD)
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair with video (AAOS Orthoinfo)
Regeneten Bioinductive Implant (Smith and Nephew)