Rotator Cuff Surgery & Treatment in Los Angeles & Beverly Hills
If you have a sports or activity-related injury such as a rotator cuff tear, Dr. Patel will attempt to treat it first using conservative therapy. In some cases, non-surgical treatments may be successful in relieving the symptoms depending on several factors, including:
- The size of the tear
- The type of rotator cuff tear - acute or longstanding
- The type of sport or activity you participate in
Unfortunately, in about 50% of cases involving rotator cuff tears, conservative treatments are not enough to completely eliminate the pain and restore proper function.
Depending on your case, Dr. Patel may recommend one of the following surgical procedures for rotator cuff tears:
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
This is the least invasive surgical procedure. It is performed as an outpatient procedure for small- to medium-sized tears. If you're a suitable candidate, Dr. Patel will make small cuts, to insert a tiny camera and surgical instruments to repair the tendon. This procedure is less painful, allows for faster recovery, and has a lower risk of complications.
Open Rotator Cuff Repair
This procedure requires Dr. Patel to make an open surgical cut over the shoulder. He will then separate the shoulder muscle to access the torn tendon in order to repair it. This procedure is recommended for large, severe, or complicated tears, including those that require a tendon transfer or reconstruction because the damaged tendon can't be reattached.
Mini-Open Rotator Cuff Repair
This procedure combines the other two techniques. Dr. Patel uses arthroscopy to assess the injury, remove loose cartilage, and trim away bone spurs. Then he makes incisions for direct visual access to mend the tear. This procedure is less invasive compared to open repair, and is recommended for patients with multiple torn rotator cuff tendons.
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Which surgical option is best?
Generally, the type of procedure largely depends on the size of the tear, though other factors such as the patient's anatomy and condition of surrounding tissues, tendons, and bones may also be considered. Keep in mind that surgery is usually a last resort, and is mainly aimed at reducing shoulder pain. Restoring shoulder function is a secondary goal. Please visit Dr. Patel to discuss the best rotator cuff surgery for your case.