The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that provide strength, stability, and support to the shoulder joint during motion. This muscle group enables the shoulder to rotate freely and lift the arm upward. Rotator cuff injuries can occur for many reasons. The risk of having a rotator cuff injury increases with age. Over time the tendons and muscles may become torn or damaged, leading to pain, weakness, and inflammation of the upper arm. When traditional non-surgical measures fail to relieve the pain, then rotator cuff surgery may be considered.
An arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. Dr. Goldberg uses a minimally invasive approach to repair the torn shoulder tendon. This allows patients to experience less pain than traditional open surgery and it does not require an overnight hospital stay.
Recovery after surgery often depends on the size and severity of the tear and the patient’s overall health. Participation in physical therapy is important to help strengthen and restore the shoulder’s mobility. Dr. Goldberg’s practice recommends a rehab protocol that encourages patients to perform specific exercises the first day after surgery and start physical therapy within a week of their operation. Implementing a rehab protocol, enables patients to return more quickly to their daily activities.
If you or a loved one has been experiencing shoulder pain, Dr. Goldberg can help assess and determine the best treatment options for you. He has performed over 2000 shoulder arthroscopic procedures, making him one of the most experienced surgeons in the Southwest Florida area. Additionally, he trains surgeons across the country on how to perform arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. Schedule an appointment today!