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What types of surgery are used for a rotator cuff tear?

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There are three types of rotator cuff surgery:

  • Arthroscopic: Your doctor will make a small cut in your shoulder then use an arthroscope -- a tube with a small camera and tiny instruments -- to fix the tear. This means your recovery time will likely be shorter than it would with another type of surgery.
  • Open: Your doctor uses larger instruments to go in to the muscles of your shoulder and fix the tear.
  • Mini-Open: This uses both arthroscopic and open methods. Your doctor starts with the arthroscope and finishes with larger instruments.

From: What Is a Rotator Cuff Tear? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center: “Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Massachusetts General Hospital, Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine: “Shoulder -- Torn Rotator Cuff.”

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Rotator Cuff Injuries.”

OrthoInfo: “Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center: “Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Massachusetts General Hospital, Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine: “Shoulder -- Torn Rotator Cuff.”

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Rotator Cuff Injuries.”

OrthoInfo: “Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 17, 2017

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