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About the Procedure

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair is indicated for a rotator cuff tear that does not respond to non-operative management and is associated with pain, weakness, loss of function and limited motion. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that surround the humeral head—the ball of the shoulder joint. The muscles are referred to as the "SITS" muscles-Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres minor and Subcapularis. The muscles function to provide rotation and elevate the arm and give stability to the shoulder joint (glenohumeral joint). The supraspinatus is most frequently involved in degenerative tears of the rotator cuff. More than one tendon can be involved. There is a bursa (sac) between the rotator cuff and acromion that allows the muscles to glide freely when moving. When rotator cuff tendons are injured or damaged, this bursa often becomes inflamed and painful. Operative treatment of a torn rotator is designed to repair the tendon back to the humeral head (ball of joint) from where it is torn.

Learn more about the procedure by watching surgeons at Aurora Baycare Medical Center repair the rotator cuff in a live Webcast October 19th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT (21:00 UTC)

Shawn Hennigan, M.D., will perform the procedure. Expert commentary throughout the broadcast will be provided by Jon Henry, M.D. a fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon; Robert Limoni, M.D., and Michael Schnaubelt, M.D. BayCare Clinic’s chief medical officer, Paul Summerside, M.D. will provide additional perspective on athletic injuries.

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