Hospital IMED Levante
Shoulder arthroscopy - Rotator cuff tears of the shoulder
Rotator cuff tears of the shoulder are treated by shoulder arthroscopy. It is a surgery that repairs the damage caused by trauma or overuse in cartilage, bones, tendons and ligaments around the shoulder joint. This surgery improves the mobility and decreases the pain of the patients.
The surgeon uses a tiny camera called an arthroscope to examine the tissues and make small incisions to repair the damage.
Shoulder arthroscopy takes place in the operating theatre with locoregional anesthesia and sedation but sometimes it needs general anesthesia. The procedure takes between 30 and 90 minutes and patients usually spend a night in hospital.
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
Patients should undergo a preliminary test to evaluate the specific characteristics of their intervention.
Furthermore, they must undergo a standard preoperative study that includes blood tests, electrocardiogram, etc.
Also, if they have any chronic illness or regularly take medications, especially anticoagulants, they should inform the surgeon before surgery.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
After the surgery, patients may suffer some discomfort or swelling but it will disappear soon.
Patients must wear a sling to support their arm for three weeks but they should bend and stretch the elbow and move their fingers around once an hour to promote recovery.
The stitches are removed about ten days after the surgery and then, patients can start their activities. Sport is allowed between 1 and 3 months after the procedure.
A correct rehabilitation is very important for the recovery. Spaincares offers patients the opportunity to do so at one of our specialist centres.