Orthopedic Surgery

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff over the shoulder joint. They hold the arm in this joint and help the shoulder to move and rotate. Tendons attach the muscles to the shoulder and arm bones. When this tendon is torn, our expert team of orthopedic surgeons can repair the shoulder tendon. This procedure relieves the pain and immobility that you might experience when you have suffered this type of injury.

Rotator Cuff Repair At North Idaho’s Northwest Specialty Hospital Recommended When Conservative Treatments Do Not Offer Adequate Pain Relief

The rotator cuff can be torn due to injury or overuse. Your doctor will first try conservative methods of improving pain without surgery. When pain is continual or interferes with work or sports activities, surgical rotator cuff repair may be recommended.

Surgery Can Be Arthroscopic Or Open, And Both Diagnostic And Treatment Oriented

Rotator cuff repair at North Idaho’s Northwest Specialty Clinic may be performed through open surgery or arthroscopically. Open repair involves an incision over the shoulder and is used when a tear to the cuff is large or complex. In minimally invasive arthroscopic rotator cuff repair in North Idaho, a camera is inserted into the joint through a smaller incision, and tiny instruments are used to fix the tendon. Arthroscopy may also be used to assess and treat additional damage in the joint. Whether open or arthroscopic surgery is utilized, the high staff-to-patient ratio and private atmosphere at Northwest Specialty Hospital will make you feel cared for and at home.

After surgery, immobilization and exercise under the care of a physical therapist will be used to help heal the shoulder tendon.

Call us today to learn more about your options for rotator cuff repair in North Idaho at Northwest Specialty Hospital. Our board-certified surgeons are happy to talk with you about what to expect from this procedure and to help you decide if it is a viable option for your recovery from shoulder pain.