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Rotator Cuff Tear

Shoulder capsular reconstruction tightens a loose shoulder capsule to restore normal shoulder function in a minimally invasive procedure.
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What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?

Shoulder capsular reconstruction is a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure that tightens a loose shoulder capsule to restore normal shoulder function. Usually performed on patients with massive rotator cuff tears, symptoms of this condition typically include pain, weakness, decreased range of motion, and instability. The procedure involves making tiny incisions on the shoulder and using an arthroscopic camera to view the joint structures on a nearby monitor. Small holes are made in the shoulder bone, and suture anchors are placed in them. The sutures are then passed through the shoulder capsule, bringing it together for a tightening effect. Special surgical knots keep the sutures in place and ensure the capsule stays tight. After surgery, you will return home when surgical anesthesia and pain medications wear off. Physical therapy is an essential part of the recovery process, and our specialists track your progress throughout the entire recovery period. Contact us to schedule an appointment if you have a formal diagnosis and seek a treatment solution for your rotator cuff tear-related pain.


The rotator cuff tendons stabilize the shoulder and help it move. A rotator cuff tear occurs when one or more of the rotator cuff tendons are torn. Tendon tears can be partial or complete. They are grouped into nondegenerative and degenerative categories. Sports injuries, traumatic accidents, and falls cause nongenerative rotator cuff tears. Osteoarthritis causes degenerative rotator cuff tears. Symptoms of tears include:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Decreased range of motion/inability to move the arm

Our specialists perform a medical history review and physical examination as the first part of the rotator cuff tear diagnostic process. An MRI is ordered to determine the location and severity of the tear. Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible and then treat their underlying cause.

How is a Rotator Cuff Tear Treated?

Nonsurgical treatment options may be used to treat some rotator cuff tears. A specialist’s nonsurgical treatment plan includes:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications decrease inflammation and pain.
  • Rest, ice, and immobilization decrease pain and inflammation and give the torn tendons time to heal.
  • Physical therapy improves strength, flexibility, and function.
  • Activity modification prevents future injuries.

Many complete rotator cuff tendon tears require surgical intervention. Our Board-certified specialists perform minimally invasive arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs. During the procedure, a television monitor, arthroscopic camera, and tiny instruments are used to visualize the tear. Suture anchors are used to repair the tear and reattach the tendon to the humerus. Less downtime, a faster recovery, and a better response to therapy are seen with minimally invasive surgery.

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