Sports Medicine & OrthoBiologics located in Meridian, ID
Did you know that more than two million Americans visit the doctor each year as a result of rotator cuff issues? If conservative measures of care aren’t providing adequate relief, you may want to consider rotator cuff repair. Orthopaedic surgeon Jared Tadje, MD, at Tadje Orthopaedics in Meridian, Idaho, regularly performs rotator cuff repair using safe, effective surgical techniques. To request your consultation, call the office, or use the online booking tool today.
Rotator Cuff Repair Q & A
What is rotator cuff repair?
Rotator cuff repair is a type of orthopedic surgery that involves Dr. Tadje reattaching your torn tendon to the top of your upper arm bone. Dr. Tadje stitches your tendon to your arm bone, holding it in place. If you only have a partial tear, Dr. Tadje might recommend a less complex procedure, such as trimming and debridement.
Why would I need to undergo rotator cuff repair?
Whenever possible, Dr. Tadje recommends conservative measures to relieve rotator cuff pain. However, if your pain doesn’t improve with nonsurgical methods or it interferes with your regular tasks such as spending time with your kids or going to work, surgical intervention may be necessary.
Dr. Tadje might also recommend rotator cuff repair if:
- Your symptoms last longer than six months
- You have a weak shoulder
- You’ve lost function in your shoulder
- Your tear is the result of an acute injury
Dr. Tadje might also recommend rotator cuff repair if you have a large tear, and your surrounding tendon tissue is healthy.
Are there different types of rotator cuff repair?
Yes. There are three main types of rotator cuff repair:
If you have a large or complex rotator cuff tear, open surgery may be necessary. During an open repair, Dr. Tadje makes an incision over your shoulder, carefully detaches your deltoid muscle, and accesses your torn tendon. Next, he removes any bone spurs and surgically reattaches your tendon to the top of your arm bone.
During arthroscopic repair, Dr. Tadje makes a series of small incisions and uses special surgical tools to reattach your tendon to your arm bone. Arthroscopic repair is the quickest and least invasive treatment option. It’s usually performed as an outpatient procedure.
Mini-open repair is similar to arthroscopic repair. However, it requires Dr. Tadje to use specialized tools. During this type of surgery, Dr. Tadje makes an incision between three to five centimeters long. Afterward, he uses a series of special instruments to treat damage to the structures within your shoulder joint. Mini-open repair is also an outpatient procedure.
Which rotator cuff repair surgery is right for me?
To determine the type of rotator cuff repair you’ll most benefit from, make an appointment at Tadje Orthopaedics. Following a review of your medical history, discussion of your symptoms, physical exam, and diagnostic imaging, Dr. Tadje can make recommendations that align with your individual needs.
Don’t let shoulder pain prevent you from living your best life. Make an appointment at Tadje Orthopaedics by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.