New video: Rotator cuff repair and bursectomy to help one man get his shoulder strength back

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Many patients that visit Manhattan Orthopedic Care have more than one problem that requires medical attention. The challenge becomes more significant when Dr. Tehrany and his team work to find one solution to address all concerns with one treatment.

One of our recent patients presented such a challenge. He was a retired police officer, firefighter, and lifeguard.

The 64-year-old man had a severely damaged biceps tendon. Moreover, he also had a complete rotator cuff tear that had been causing him pain and limiting his range of movements.

Once again, Dr. Tehrany took the opportunity to educate the community about shoulder surgery. He recorded the surgery with the patient’s consent. In the video, Dr. Tehrany explained the findings and the next steps during the surgery.

 

Rotator cuff tear repair and bursectomy

As an experienced shoulder specialist, Dr. Tehrany recognized the urgency for shoulder surgery to repair this gentleman’s shoulder. During the surgery, Dr. Tehrany discovered that the tear in the rotator cuff is big enough to fit two anchors, so he decided to proceed with a double-row repair of the rotator cuff.

This procedure was a perfect solution due to the amount of space available in the injured area. Moreover, Dr. Tehrany opted for this specific procedure because it provides successful outcomes with long-term results for the patients.

Although there is no clinical evidence to verify, the double-row technique has shown to be more effective than the single-row rotator cuff repair. This procedure has significantly lower occurrences of retear. Even in the case of a retear, the tears often occur medially, where they are not usually as troublesome.

During the repair of the rotator cuff, Dr. Tehrany also noticed a buildup of painful bursitis. Bursitis is an inflammation of the cushioning fluid sacs that help to reduce friction between different parts of the body. The buildup was also a major factor in the level of pain the patient had experienced.

“This is a bursa. Bursa is painful. It has nerve endings in it, and by doing a bursectomy, the patient feels much much better,” explained Dr. Tehrany.

Dr. Tehrany carefully cleared the area of the inflamed bursa sacs in the shoulder. The bursectomy will help the patient experience relief in the shoulder, allowing smooth and pain-free arm movement.

After Dr. Tehrany and his team completed the procedure, they discussed the patient’s recovery period. Dr. Tehrany also worked on a recovery plan to help the patient experience a smooth recovery and get his shoulder back to its full strength in no time.

If you have been experiencing pain in your shoulder, schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Armin Tehrany, one of New York’s best shoulder specialists.