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Different Types of Rotator Cuff Surgery

Your rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles that help to move and stabilize shoulder joint. Damage to any of the muscles can injure your rotator cuff either acutely or even a serious damage that can keep you bed ridden for a long time. The rotator cuff muscles are anatomically associated with the Scapula; any changes in the movement of scapula can affect your shoulder badly.

rotator-cuff-surgery-tearLet’s Look at the 3 Types of Surgery That Can Be Performed On Your Injured Rotator Cuff:

Open Rotator Cuff Repair:

One of the surgical methods for your injured rotator cuff is an open rotator cuff repair surgery where a where several centimeter long surgical incision is done over your shoulder.

Who would require Open Rotator Cuff Repair Surgical Incision?

  • People with complicated and large rotator cuffs
  • People who require reconstruction procedures for eg. Tendon transfers

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Surgery

Arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery is performed on people with small to medium sized tears. It is an outpatient procedure that and the least invasive of the three rotator cuff repair procedures.

Unlike Open Rotator Cuff Surgery… Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs Require Small Incisions… Which Mean

  • Shorter Recovery
  • Less Pain
  • No over complications

Mini-Open Rotator Cuff Repair:

Mini-Open Rotator Cuff Repair uses techniques of both open rotator cuff repair and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. This combined rotator cuff repair is performed on people who have torn more than one tendon.

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The Role of Orthopedic Surgeons

Orthopedics is the branch of medicine related to diseases, damages and conditions of the musculoskeletal system or the body’s muscles and skeleton. This structure also comprises of the joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Meanwhile, orthopedic surgeons are the medical specialists who are responsible for preventive and surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system.

About Orthopedic Surgery and Surgeon

Experts insist that the exact name of this medical specialty is actually orthopedic surgery and not orthopedics. However, orthopedics is the commonly known and accepted term for the purpose. As a line of specialists, orthopedic surgery is made up of surgeons (knee specialist, shoulder specialist and so on) and other healthcare professionals who provide comprehensive orthopedic services.This line of expertise provides treatment for diseases, damages, fractures and pain. In addition, orthopedists also take care of rehabilitation programs for the physically disabled and participate in ongoing musculoskeletal study.

Orthopedic Surgeons/Physicians – Key Roles

The main roles of an orthopedic surgeon/physician can be divided into the following sub-heads:

Diagnostic and assessment technique Treatment Research

Here we have discussed each and every role in detail to facilitate a better understanding of an orthopedic surgeon/physician’s role and functions.

Diagnostic Role

A vast number of patients visit their orthopedic surgeon/physicians every year for a series of ailments, disorders and medical conditions. There are a vast number of conditions that have an impact on our body’s musculoskeletal system, which need clinical care by an orthopedic surgeon.

What does an Orthopedic Surgeon Treat?

An orthopedic surgeon treats musculoskeletal conditions without operation, by using medications, exercise and other rehabilitative or alternative therapies. If required, he/she may also recommend surgical treatment.

Some of the conditions and diseases an orthopedic surgeon treatment includes:

  • Abnormalities of the fingers and toes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ruptured disks, Back pain, sciatica and scoliosis
  • Bone tumors, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Growth abnormalities
  • Tendon injuries, pulled muscles, bursitis and torn cartilage
  • Torn ligaments, sprains and strains
  • Club foot, bunions, bow legs, knock knees and unequal leg length
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sports or work-related injuries