How is a Revision Rotator Cuff Repair Performed?
Dr. Padalecki conducts revision rotator cuff repairs via an arthroscopic approach as well. During surgery, his primary focus is to use as much of the healthy tendon as he can and reattach it to its native footprint. Some cases may involve a graft or additional attachment to assist in this process. Dr. Padalecki may also use assisted techniques such as a marrow stimulation healing response or platelet rich plasma.
The revision surgery, and the intricate nature of how it is performed will determine on the exact type of tear or re-tear. In very severe cases involving large, traumatic and chronic re-tears, full repair may not be achievable. These cases are treated with partial repairs, augmentation, or debridement.
What Happens After Revision Rotator Cuff Surgery?
After revision rotator cuff surgery, Dr. Padalecki will prescribe a very detailed, thorough physical therapy and rehabilitation program. The patient’s arm will placed in a sling and therapy will start almost immediately after surgery. The specific progression of rehabilitation will depend on the injury, type of repair, nature of the surgery, age, and overall health of the patient. Initially, the patient will need to remain in the sling for a period of 6-8 weeks. Therapy typically involves passive range of motion moves, followed by active motion, strengthening, and a slow, steady return to activities.
For additional information on a revision rotator cuff repair, or for additional resources on another form of arthroscopic shoulder surgery, please contact the office of Dr. Jeff Padalecki, orthopedic shoulder surgeon in Austin, Texas.