Advanced Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Surgery

By Dr. Bruce Steinberg

Advanced Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Surgery

Orthopedic Specialist Dr. Bruce Steinberg Uses Advanced Techniques to Treat Shoulder Pain and Perform Rotator Cuff Surgery

Dr. Bruce Steinberg has performed multiple successful surgeries for many skilled NFL players, including starting quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends, defensive backs, and lineman. In addition to his orthopaedic surgery training, he has an engineering background.  He continues to perform biomechanical research in one of his areas of interest, compartment syndrome. If you have had a rotator cuff tear, arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery may be the solution to your shoulder injury.

Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Tear

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Clicking
  • Popping

Tears of the rotator cuff can occur in
individuals of all ages.

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Advanced Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Surgery

Causes of a Rotator Cuff Tear

A single, heavy lifting event is the usual cause for a younger patient (under 40 years), while older patients (greater than 60), may injure the rotator cuff with
minimal force. As we get older, the rotator cuff may weaken and fray secondary to bone spurs that form within the shoulder. Once the rotator cuff tear occurs, the muscle pulls on the tendon, retracting it away from its insertion and propagating the tear through the remaining tendon.

Treatment Techniques

The development of minimally invasive techniques to repair the rotator cuff and remove bone spurs has been a great breakthrough in shoulder surgery. A fiberoptic camera is introduced into the shoulder joint through a small puncture. Through a second working portal, the surgeon uses instruments to place anchors into the bone. Sutures arising from the anchors are weaved through the rotator cuff tendon and special knots are tied that cinch the tendon back to its insertion. Bone spurs within the shoulder are removed with a small bur. This advanced technique has proven to be an extremely effective option for repairing rotator cuff tears while also minimizing recovery time for patients.


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To learn more, watch this video by Dr. Steinberg.

Watch this VIDEO for how to get a shoulder sling on and off after surgery or this article on an infraspinatus tendon tear

If you have recently had a shoulder surgery please watch this helpful video: Dressing the Upper Body After an Injury or Surgery

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By: Bruce Steinberg, M.D.

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