Rotator cuff injuries can lead to significant pain and disability and are a common cause of restricted shoulder function. In some cases, the pain can be unbearable and the condition debilitating. At Daouk Orthopaedics, we specialize in Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs.
Dr. Ayman Daouk is a leading board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon in Orlando. His vast experience in Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs has enabled him to help scores of patients regain their pain-free motion and activity in these critical joints. Not only is he skilled in surgery, but also meticulous in examining patients and diagnosing their conditions. Dr Daouk takes great pride in offering each patient an individualized treatment plan based on their specific situation.
These are some common symptoms in individuals with rotator cuff disorders or injuries:
This pain and discomfort might emerge suddenly, such as after a fall or after attempting to lift or catch a heavy object. In some patients, the problem builds up gradually over time with no specific or apparent injury, possibly resulting from repetitive overhead shoulder movements at play or work.
Trauma can cause isolated tears in the rotator cuff tendons. Most patients that come to our office describe an injury or fall. Many times, they may not experience swelling or bruising. The most common complaints are sudden pain, weakness, and limited motion. Sometimes, patients feel like their shoulder is just “slipping out of place,” while others report hearing a “pop.” In older patients, rotator cuff tears might be associated with a shoulder dislocation.
There are various possible causes of shoulder pain, including biceps tendon inflammation or tears, arthritis, bursitis, or tendinitis. It is important to reach an accurate diagnosis to properly treat the pain. A thorough history and physical exam, including X rays, is necessary to reach the correct diagnosis, although in some cases, an MRI may be needed to further evaluate the joint.
In this condition, the pain emerging from the rotator cuff is typically felt on the side of the shoulder occasionally extending to the elbow. However, it can radiate to the area around the shoulder blade as well. Sometimes, severe pain is felt in the arm near the elbow or the neck.
Shoulder problems, including rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, and arthritis, can make everyday tasks painful or difficult. Acute injury from a sports injury or accident or the effects of chronic arthritis caused by years of overuse, can result in even more discomfort and significant shoulder pain.
Rotator cuff injuries can be painful, and we know that this condition can affect regular movement and your daily life. There are several treatment options available, and surgery is the last resort. Since every patient is different, Dr. Daouk never adopts a cookie-cutter approach in his treatment. He devises a program specifically tailored to the patient’s needs.
At Daouk Orthopaedics, we use cutting-edge technology to treat our patients, which is where the Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair procedure comes in. Compared to the traditional rotator cuff repair procedure commonly used in the past, the shoulder arthroscopy technique is minimally invasive.
It is a highly effective, proven way to treat various types of rotator cuff tears. Dr. Ayman Daouk will evaluate your entire shoulder joint, fixing tears through minute incisions using specially designed devices and instruments. Since this technique allows surgeons to visualize the entire joint including the labrum and biceps, other conditions can also be treated at the same time. Dr Daouk uses a “double row” technique to repair the rotator cuff to improve the success of the healing, and it is his preferred method to repair almost all rotator cuff tears.
One of the following two methods may be used in Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs:
An arthroscope is a minute camera that would be placed into your shoulder joint. The doctor creates a small incision, guiding the camera carefully into the affected joint. This camera transfers images of the shoulder to a connected video monitor. It allows the surgeon a reference while guiding the miniature surgical instruments designed especially for this procedure.
The doctor can view the shoulder in detail during the procedure when using the arthroscope. Since tiny insertions are made in this minimally invasive technique, it becomes the preferred procedure for most patients. Dr. Daouk uses this approach to repair rotator cuff tears in over 95% of his patients.
Although not commonly used, the repair is made through a small incision over the side of the shoulder in the mini-open repair procedure. The deltoid muscle must be cut and then repaired in this approach. The surgeon first views the shoulder tendons directly without the use of a screen or video monitor. There is a limited view of the shoulder joint compared to the arthroscopic method, but it is possible to evaluate some other structures in the surrounding areas. The repair can then be performed in the standard manner.
Regardless of the arthroscopic rotator cuff repair option you choose, you need a surgeon who has expertise in conducting this procedure. Dr. Daouk has decades of experience in the field, has done scores of similar procedures in the past, and his patients get the best care.
He is very thorough during his examination of the patient and takes the time to understand exactly what level of discomfort, pain, or restriction in movement the patient is experiencing. It is also crucial to know that Orlando Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs may not suit every patient. Based on his medical examination, tests, and X-rays, Dr. Daouk will determine whether you are a candidate for this procedure. He will explain what is involved in the technique, the risks and alternatives, recovery time, and the aftercare you would need.
If you are suffering from pain or discomfort or any other issues with your shoulder joint, schedule an appointment today at Daouk Orthopaedics