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Rotator Cuff Surgery Common Problems – All Testing Done on Site

Posted on Sat, Oct 12, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

Rotator Cuff Surgery Common Problems – All Testing Done on Site 

Rotator cuff surgery is presented through three different methods – open, arthroscopic, and mini-open repair. Most patients rate these methods the same in terms of overall satisfaction, strength improvement, and pain relief. During any of the aforementioned methods that are used to repair the rotator cuff tear, the surgeon takes care of other shoulder problems, for instance, bone spurs osteoarthritis, and other tears. These surgeries can be conducted on an outpatient basis and do not necessitate patients to stay overnight in the medical center.

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On-Site Tests for Rotator Cuff Injuries

When a person injures his rotator cuff, a physician will perform the drop-arm on-site test to verify the severity of the injury. If he finds that the patient has torn his rotator cuff, he will refer the patient to an orthopedic surgeon. After undergoing several diagnostic imaging tests, the surgeon may conclude that rotator cuff surgery is the best treatment option to repair the tear.

Common Problems related to Surgery

A few individuals may experience common problems related to rotator cuff surgery. Beside the surgery risks, for example, problems related to anesthesia or blood loss, complications of surgery may include the following:

- Infection

Antibiotics are provided during surgery to lessen any risk of infections. If a patient is infected, a prolonged antibiotic treatment or a supplementary surgery may be required.

- Nerve Injury

This generally entails the nerve that activates the shoulder muscle.

- Stiffness

Early physical therapy lessens the probability of permanent loss of motion or stiffness. More often than not, stiffness is improved through more aggressive rehabilitation and exercise.

- Tendon re-tear

Following all types of surgeries or repairs, there is a possibility that a re-tear may occur. Bear in mind that the larger the rotator cuff tear, the higher the threat will be for a re-tear.

- Deltoid detachment

During rotator cuff surgery, the shoulder muscle is detached for better access. Once it is stitched back, it is essential to protect the area in order to allow it to heal fully.

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