Rotator Cuff

ROTATOR CUFFWhat is Rotator cuff ?

  • Its a group of four muscles and their tendons which stabilizes the shoulder joint

Normal Rotator cuff

Torn Rotator Cuff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Rotator Cuff Tear?

  • It is tear of one or all four tendons of Rotator cuff

Rotator Cuff TearSymptoms of Rotator cuff tear

  • Difficulty in moving the shoulder joint
  • Shoulder pain
  • Pain is more at night

MRI is the Investigation of Choice

MRI is the Investigation of ChoiceWhat is the mode of treatment?

  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff repair using anchor screws

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff repair using anchor screwsWhen Should I Get Operated?

  • If it is a massive tear, it is better to get operated as early as possible because the results are better with early repair and tendon retraction and degeneration of tendon is also less.
  • If it’s a partial thickness tear there are 40% chances of it getting converted to full thickness tear. So if pain persists, then its better to undergo surgery

How Many Screws are Required?

  • It depends on the type of tear and the technique of repair.
  • If repair is by single row method- 2 anchor screws are required.
  • If repair is done by double row method 3 screws are required and the cost varies accordingly.

How long should I rest after surgery?

  • Up to two weeks after surgery arm is immobilized in arm pouch.
  • After two weeks arm is gradually mobilized with assistance.
  • Active lifting of the arm is possible at the end of six weeks.