The arthroscope is a fiber optic camera inserted into the shoulder through a small stab wound. This serves as our eyes within the joint. With the advent of a multitude of arthroscopic instruments, we can now repair your rotator cuff, labral tear, or ligament tear using this approach. This eliminates the need for an open incision or an open approach in the majority of cases.

The advantages are numerous. We can actually see the tear better with an arthroscopic approach. We can also treat any other pathology present at the same time.  While arthroscopic approaches offer numerous advantages, they do not speed up the healing time… so you will still need to be in a sling for a number of weeks after surgery.

Most surgeons are learning how to perform these repairs, so be sure you find someone who has done quite a number of these. Please view the sports medicine videos to see how the various procedures are performed.

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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

2 comments on “What is an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair?

  • Hello Doctor,
    I’am 40 years old and had a right shoulder dislocation due to a fall during a sport activity, as per doctor advice I have taken complete 3 weeks rest with the help of shoulder inmobilation belt. After the 3rd week I have started moving my right shoulder but I have severe pain
    when moving the shoulder in some positions like moving backwards or raising it to 90 deg angle.
    please suggest if I need to undergo surgery or will it heel as time goes by as i’am not a sport person
    and my job also not requires heavy moment with the shoulders.
    Awaiting u’r advice and thanking u for giving so much information on u’r website.
    Your’s Sincerely,

    • Hi Vince… I’m sorry, without examining you and looking at your films it’s impossible to comment. In general, pain after being immobilized is not unusual. If you have any doubts or questions talk to your surgeon… or find one willing to talk with you :-)

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