Shoulder and Elbow Tendon Repair Surgery consists of procedures that repair one or more torn tendons in the shoulder or elbow. A tendon is a tough band of fibrous tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. A tendon can be partially torn or torn into two pieces as a result wear and tear over time or an acute trauma like a fall. Shoulder and elbow tendon repair surgery reconnects complete or partial tendon tears, eliminates pain and restores movement, strength and function to the shoulder and elbow.
The shoulder joint is not held in place with bones, but rather an elaborate system of muscles, tendons and ligaments. There are eight tendons in the shoulder that attach muscles to your upper arm bone (humerus), clavicle (collarbone) and scapula (shoulder blade):
Shoulder Tendon Repair Surgery
There are several options for repairing torn shoulder tendons. Your surgeon may also be able to repair any other shoulder problems, such as osteoarthritis, bone spurs or other soft tissue tears during your surgery. Of all the shoulder tendons, the rotator cuff tendons are the ones that are most frequently injured and require surgery:
Advancements in surgical techniques have led to less invasive techniques such as arthroscopic surgery. Many types of shoulder tendon repair surgery on the rotator cuff can be performed on an outpatient basis without an overnight hospital stay. The three main types are:
Tennis Elbow Tendon Repair Surgery
Tennis Elbow is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. It occurs when there is microscopic tearing of the tendons on the outside of the elbow joint. As the name suggests, tennis elbow has long been associated with racquet sports and other physical activities that overuse the arms. In our computer age, tennis elbow is happening more frequently to people who have never played racquet sports. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that physicians are increasingly seeing tennis elbow caused by non-sports activities such as constant computer keyboard and mouse usage.
Orthopaedic surgeons use two types of surgery to treat the tennis elbow condition:
Shoulder and Elbow Tendon Repair Surgery
The biceps muscle in your upper arm is connected to your shoulder bone by two tendons known as the biceps long head tendon and short head tendon. On the other end, your biceps muscle is attached to your elbow bone by one tendon, the biceps distal tendon. That's why bicep tendon repair surgery can be called shoulder tendon surgery or elbow tendon surgery.
Several types of procedures are effective to repair torn or partially torn bicep tendons. Some orthopaedic surgeons prefer to operate through two incisions, while others operate through one incision. One approach is to attach the bicep tendon with stitches through holes drilled in the bone. Another approach uses metal implants called suture anchors to attach the tendon to the bone.
The multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic experts at North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute's Shoulder and Elbow Services in New York performs shoulder and elbow tendon repair surgery as well as a broad range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments for shoulder and elbow conditions that can occur at any stage of life.
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