Shoulder reconstruction surgery involves the repair of rotator cuff tears, recurrent shoulder dislocation, or torn surface (articular) cartilage.
Shoulder reconstruction is done by a minimally invasive arthroscopic approach. An arthroscope is a thin, pencil-sized instrument equipped with a fiberoptic video camera, and all surgeon’s surgical manipulations are watched on a video screen.
How Is the Surgery Performed?
The surgery is performed under regional or general anesthesia. Depending on the extent of damage, tie in surgery varies from 45 minutes to 4 hours to complete.
The tears of the tendons and the glenoid labrum are fixed by special suture anchors. The torn cartilage is repaired, and part of the coracoid process is removed.
What Should Be Known After Surgery?
- The sutures are removed after 12-14 days;
- Passive range of motion exercises are encouraged after 1 week, and active range of motion exercises, after 3-4 weeks;
- Most patients resume their daily routines completely within 2-4 months.