A rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons that secure the top of the arm bone (humerus) to the shoulder blade. A rotator cuff injury can cause pain, instability, or reduced motion in the shoulder joint.
Orthopaedic care providers at Duke use in-house x-rays, MRI, and ultrasound to diagnose the exact cause and location of the rotator cuff injury.
After determining the cause of the shoulder pain, they devise a treatment plan that takes into account the severity of the rotator cuff injury or rotator cuff tear. Specific types of rotator cuff repair surgery offered at Duke include arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and open rotator cuff repair.
This minimally invasive procedure requires only small incisions that allow the surgeon to insert a tiny camera and operative tools to view the rotator cuff, diagnose the problem, and, when appropriate, surgically repair the rotator cuff injury.
In arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, our surgeons use specialized tools to remove bone or muscle fragment and smooth any bone spurs. For small or moderate tears, torn tendons can also be sutured back together to provide the patient relief from shoulder pain and treat the rotator cuff injury.
When the rotator cuff tear is severe, open rotator cuff repair surgery may be warranted. Duke surgeons are experts at determining if this is the best course of action for a patient and have the necessary skill and tools to consistently achieve positive outcomes.
In open rotator cuff repair surgery, the tendon is secured to the humerus using anchors. The surgeon then uses specialized surgical tools to suture the tendon to the humerus.
Following rotator cuff repair surgery, patients work with Duke physical therapists to strengthen the injured joint, restore full use of the rotator cuff, and prevent future rotator cuff injuries.
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to schedule an appointment about a rotator cuff injury with a Duke shoulder specialist in the Triangle of North Carolina. We see patients from Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and beyond.
Physicians offering rotator cuff repair surgery for rotator cuff injuries include:
Rotator cuff surgery to treat rotator cuff injuries is available at locations convenient to people in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, including: