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The shoulder is comprised of 3 bones, the humerus which is the upper arm bone, the clavicle which is also known as the collarbone, and the scapula which is the shoulder blade. The rotator cuff is comprised of a group of muscles and tendons which stabilize the shoulder. The 4 muscles within this group include the infraspinatus muscle, subscapularis muscle, supraspinatus muscle, and the teres minor muscle. These muscles are important for shoulder movements and to maintain the stability of the shoulder joint.
The rotator cuff enables the lifting of the arm and to raise the arm upwards. The ball and socket joint of the shoulder are stabilized by the rotator cuff. One of the most common causes of shoulder pain is the rotator cuff tear, which is a tear in one of the tendons and it may occur when falling on a hand that is stretched out or it can develop over time as a result of repetitive activities. A tear in the rotator cuff may cause pain and weakness in the arm, besides making very painful the easiest everyday activities that involve raising the arm. If left untreated, the condition will deteriorate. The rotator cuff tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon and can occur in the rotator cuff when there has been repetitive overuse of movement in the arms which causes a strain and pain in the arm. Degeneration of the rotator cuff may also be the result of aging.
The nonsurgical treatment (resting, painkillers, strengthening exercises), relieves pain in 50% of the patients and usually improves function in the shoulder. However, the shoulder strength can only improve with a surgical approach. The surgical approach is performed to repair the tear that is causing discomfort in the tendon, is advised if the symptoms last more than 6 months, or if there is a large tear in the tendon, and is usually carried out as an outpatient procedure using the arthroscopic approach, in order to avoid an open repair.
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Rotator Cuff Surgery is one of many orthopedic procedures which can be found at high-quality, affordable clinics abroad. The cost of rotator cuff surgery abroad is considerably lower than in the the UK and the US. Hip Replacement abroad Knee Replacement abroad Knee Ligament Surgery (ACL) abroad,
Rotator cuff surgery is a procedure to correct part of the rotator cuff, most commonly to repair a torn tendon. The rotator cuff is made up of a group of muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint and enable movement. It can be become damaged if there has been a trauma to the shoulder and can also occur with age. When a tear occurs, it causes pain with movement of the shoulder, particularly when the arm is moved upwards or outwards from the body. Surgery is usually performed when alternative methods of treatment are not successful.
The surgery can be performed as open surgery, however it is most commonly performed arthroscopically. The rotator cuff can be become damaged if there has been a trauma to the shoulder and can also occur with age. Recommended for A rotator cuff tear that is causing chronic pain or shoulder weakness Time requirements Number of days in hospital 1 - 2 days Average length of stay abroad 1 weeks. Number of trips abroad needed 1. Time off work 1 - 2 weeks. The rotator cuff enables the movement of the arm in an upward and outward movement and stabilizes the shoulder.
Patients with rotator cuff issues should consult with their doctor as soon as possible after trauma, as surgery is most successful if it is completed soon after injury. For patients with chronic pain, meeting with a doctor to explore non-invasive treatment options should be the first step. Patients with complex conditions may benefit from seeking a second opinion before beginning a treatment plan.
A second opinion means that another doctor, usually an expert with a lot of experience, will review the patientâ??s medical history, symptoms, scans, test results, and other important information, in order to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan.
In open shoulder surgery, a surgeon makes an incision between 2 and 3 inches in length into the shoulder to open it and to make repairs. For patients with less extensive damage, a smaller incision may be made, allowing the surgeon to reach the affected tendon by splitting the deltoid muscle.
The surgeon may use an arthroscope (a small imaging device) to visualise the rotator cuff and effectively repair any damage through a small incision. Arthroscopic surgery is becoming increasingly popular and has positive outcomes for patients with joint issues.
Anesthesia General anesthetic. Procedure duration The Rotator Cuff Surgery takes 1 to 3 hours. The surgery repairs tears or damage to the rotary cuff and can be performed arthoscopically or as open surgery.
Post procedure care Immediately after surgery, patients will be in a sling to protect the cuff.
Possible discomfort Patients should expect some discomfort after surgery. The patient will usually follow a course of physiotherapy after the surgery.,