With Arthroscopic surgery the Rotator Cuff repair is done by a series of small cuts around the shoulder. Flexible wires called “portals” are introduced through the cuts. These enable the surgeon to see and assess the shoulder damage.
Removal of spurs from the underside of the acromion and repair of the rotator cuff tear are done through the portals themselves using flexible wires capable of carrying various cutting and suturing instruments within themselves in to the joint. This procedure requires a highly proficient and experienced orthopedic surgeon.
Advantage of arthroscopic surgery
The advantage of arthroscopic surgery is that postoperative pain, recovery and rehabilitation are comparatively better. But open shoulder surgery and mini open surgeries provide assured and long term results, especially if the initial rotator cuff tear is very large.