Sam Akhavan, MD
Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Doctor
Arthroscopy Surgeon for Knee & Shoulder Surgery, Pain and Injuries
A rotator cuff tear is one of the most common shoulder injuries. While a rotator cuff tear can occur in athletes, they affect patients of all ages, especially the elderly.
Rotator cuff tears can sometimes be treated without surgery. In some cases, patients can do great with injections and physical therapy. However, most need to be followed closely to make sure the rotator cuff tear does not become a surgical problems.
There are several signs that a rotator cuff tear may require surgical intervention. Debilitating pain, pain at night, and new onset of significant shoulder disfunction, such as inability to raise your arm above your head and weakness all warrant further evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder diseases.
Patients are often apprehensive about rotator cuff surgery. However, using the latest arthroscopic techniques, most of these surgeries can be performed through minimally invasive measures and can lead to a quick recovery of function.
Having your rotator cuff surgery by a surgeon who specializes in shoulder surgery is crucial for a good outcome. Using a combination of arthroscopic methods, a comprehensive physical therapy and rehabiliation protocol, and a team trained to address common issues seen following this surgery will ensure that a patient maximizes their potential following a rotator cuff tear.
Dr. Akhavan performs rotator cuff surgery and repairs at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. These procedures are minimally invasive, performed as an outpatient with nearly all patients going home the same day.
Anatomy of a rotator cuff tear
An arthroscopic view of a large rotator cuff tear
The same rotator cuff tear after an arthroscopic repair
SEE THE ROTATOR CUFF TEAR IN THE PICTURES ABOVE FIXED IN THE VIDEO BELOW
SEE AN ANIMATION OF A ROTATOR CUFF REPAIR IN THE VIDEO BELOW