When a patient injuries or tears his or her rotator cuff, Dr. Coleman performs a surgical procedure to repair this area of the shoulder. The rotator cuff is the collection of muscles and tendons that hold the head of your humerus in your shoulder socket. These muscles also help you raise and rotate your arms. Injuries like rotator cuff tears and conditions such as tendinitis and bursitis can require surgery if more conservative treatments are not successful. Whenever possible, Dr. Coleman uses minimally invasive surgical techniques such as arthroscopy to repair shoulder issues. Surgery to fix a torn rotator cuff tendon may involve the removal of loose pieces of tendon, bursa, and other debris from the area. Surgery may also involve the removal of bone spurs or shaving away bone to create more room for the rotator cuff and the bones to move. If the patient has suffered a rotator cuff tear, Dr. Coleman can reattach the tendon to the top of the humerus.
Rotator cuff tears are the most common injuries to the shoulder. Rotator cuff tears can occur due to an accident such as falling on an outstretched arm, shoulder dislocations, broken collarbone, or even improper lifting technique. It is more common for a rotator cuff tear to be degenerative, when the tendon has worn down over time or because of overuse. Rotator cuff tears are common in athletes who repeat the same motion while playing baseball or tennis. Rotator cuff tears are also more common in older adults as the blood supply to tendons decreases, leaving them more vulnerable to injury as well as bone spur development. Tendinitis and bursitis are 2 other common rotator cuff conditions caused by irritation. Tendinitis affects the tendon while bursitis affects the bursa, which is a small fluid filled sac that protects the rotator cuff.
After surgery, patients spend time with their arm in a sling to stabilize the shoulder while it heals. Most patients require physical therapy to restore the range of motion, strength, and flexibility to the shoulder. When the surgery is performed arthroscopically, patients typically return home on the same day, after they have recovered from general anesthesia and demonstrate that they are able to move their fingers, wrists, and elbows.