Orthopedic Center
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Audio Presentation

Rotator Cuff Repair

Open Surgery


Your Procedure
  Your Body
  Alternatives
  Medical Record
  Anesthesia
  Before Surgery
  Your Procedure
  Recovery
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Now it's time to talk about the actual procedure your doctor has recommended for you.

On the day of your operation,
On the day of your operation,
... you will be asked to put on a surgical gown.
... you will be asked to put on a surgical gown.
You may receive a sedative by mouth ...
You may receive a sedative by mouth ...
... and an intravenous line may be put in.
... and an intravenous line may be put in.
You will then be transferred to the operating table.
You will then be transferred to the operating table.
In the operating room, a nurse will begin preparation by clipping or shaving your shoulder.
In the operating room, a nurse will begin preparation by clipping or shaving your shoulder.
If you are receiving general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist will administer it by injection and using an inhalation mask.
If you are receiving general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist will administer it by injection and using an inhalation mask.
The surgeon will then apply an antiseptic solution to the skin...
The surgeon will then apply an antiseptic solution to the skin...
... and place a sterile drape around the operative site.
... and place a sterile drape around the operative site.
After you are unconscious,
After you are unconscious,
your doctor will make a vertical incision on your shoulder.
your doctor will make a vertical incision on your shoulder.
Skin and other tissue will be pulled back in order to expose the shoulder's muscles.
Skin and other tissue will be pulled back in order to expose the shoulder's muscles.
These will also be pulled aside to expose the shoulder joint and tendons.
These will also be pulled aside to expose the shoulder joint and tendons.
Under the deltoid muscle lies the bursa, a protective sac that prevents the rotator cuff tendons and the shoulder muscles from rubbing against each other.
Under the deltoid muscle lies the bursa, a protective sac that prevents the rotator cuff tendons and the shoulder muscles from rubbing against each other.
Your doctor will remove the bursa ...
Your doctor will remove the bursa ...
... to gain access to the damaged tendons.
... to gain access to the damaged tendons.
Next, the surgeon will cut away any scar tissue or unhealthy tissue around the torn area.
Next, the surgeon will cut away any scar tissue or unhealthy tissue around the torn area.
Using sutures, the tear can now be repaired.
Using sutures, the tear can now be repaired.
Before closing, the deltoid muscle is returned to its proper position ...
Before closing, the deltoid muscle is returned to its proper position ...
... and the skin is rejoined and sutured.
... and the skin is rejoined and sutured.
Finally, a sterile bandage is applied. In order to keep the shoulder muscle immobile while it heals, you will be given a sling to wear.
Finally, a sterile bandage is applied. In order to keep the shoulder muscle immobile while it heals, you will be given a sling to wear.

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