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What is the definition or description of: rotator cuff repair?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Reattach torn cuff: Rotator cuff repair is performed by reattaching to bone the important tendons of the shoulder that provide specific refined motion and function of the shoulder: forward flexion, elevation away from the side of the body, and internal/external rotation of the arm while at the side of the body.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Surgery: Surgical repair to restore the length tension relationship in the rotator cuff muscles. This can be done in several ways: open incision to get access to the tear, mini-open incision, or more recently with advanced techniques-keyhole or arthroscopic surgery. http://www.theshouldercenter.com/arthroscopic-rotator-cuff-repair.htm greatly variable outcomes so do your research on results first.

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What is rotator cuff repair and acromnioplasty?

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Dr. Allen Lu
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Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Short answer: A rotator cuff repair takes the torn tendon and reattaches it to the bone. An acromioplasty involves reshaping the shoulder blade bone above the shoulder to either create more space or to remove bone spurs. An acromioplasty is not always necessary or recommended. A better longer answer can be found here: http://orthoinfo.Aaos.Org/topic.Cfm?Topic=a00406.

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