Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator Cuff Surgery

Mr Soong Chua and his team will be able to identify if you are suffering from a rotator cuff tear, which can be either complete or partial, and administer the appropriate type of rotator cuff surgery to get your full range of motion back.

A partial tear, when the tendon is damaged but not completely torn, will usually only require a trimming or smoothing procedure. A full thickness tear, when the tendon is completely torn through, will probably need repair, or reattachment of the tendon to the bone at the upper arm (humerus).

Before rotator cuff surgery is recommended, other options such as physiotherapy and injections may be recommended by your surgeon. However, if this fails to improve your pain, or if you use your arm for sports or overhead work, your surgeon may suggest a surgical procedure.

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Rotator cuff surgery uses strong stitches or tapes, to reattach the tendon to the bone. They are held in place using special bone anchors which keep the tendon in place while it heals. In some cases, a rotator cuff patch or augment may be used to aid healing.

As well as a general anaesthetic (putting you to sleep), the anaesthetist will usually perform a nerve block which uses local anaesthetic to temporarily numb the nerves to the shoulder, reducing your overall pain.

In the last number of years there have been advancements in surgical techniques for rotator cuff repair treatment and this means that less invasive procedures are an option. The exact type of rotator cuff surgery might include open repair, arthroscopic repair and mini-open repair.

Mr Chua performs almost all of his rotator cuff repairs through keyhole surgery (arthroscopy) alone, using advanced techniques that can result in a more secure repair than traditional open techniques.

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