Shoulder arthroscopy for rotator cuff repair is available from the Board-certified surgeons at Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, who provide a full range of progressive treatments for conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. We see patients from Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and all surrounding Florida communities, as well as some of the area’s most talented professional athletes. Dr. Daniel Murphy serves as a team physician for the New York Yankees (who are in Tampa, FL, for their spring training), and Dr. Arnold Ramirez serves as a team physician for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The hallmark of a rotator cuff injury is pain when lifting the arm upward or to the side. That’s because the rotator cuff consists of muscles and tendons that stabilize the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder and facilitate a wide range of movement, including lifting the arm overhead. Rotator cuff degeneration can develop gradually due to stress from repetitive activity or the natural aging process. Alternatively, a rotator cuff tear can occur suddenly as the result of trauma, such as a fall onto an outstretched hand. These types of injuries can cause pain and weakness in the shoulder and upper arm, and when the symptoms are severe or unresponsive to conservative treatment, surgery may be necessary.
The goals of surgical rotator cuff repair are to relieve pain and restore flexibility and function to the shoulder. The type of surgery recommended will depend on several factors, including:
- The size of the tear
- The quality of the tendon tissue and bone
- The patient’s anatomy
One type of surgery for rotator cuff repair is shoulder arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure during which a surgeon accesses the shoulder through small incisions to reattach a rotator cuff tendon tear. Also known as keyhole surgery, this technique generally results in a faster recovery time with less inflammation, discomfort, and scarring than an open surgery approach.
If you are experiencing shoulder pain and would like to find out if you are a candidate for shoulder arthroscopy for rotator cuff repair, contact the Tampa Bay area’s leading orthopaedic experts – Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group. Our Board-certified doctors have extensive experience in treating shoulder conditions of all kinds for patients in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and the surrounding Florida areas.