Rotator cuff is the group of tendons in the shoulder joint providing support and enabling wider range of motion and shoulder strength. Injury to the shoulder may result in tear of these tendons and the condition is called "rotator cuff tear." The rotator cuff tear usually causes severe shoulder pain.
Dr. Peterson specializes in repairing Rotator Cuff tears with a minimally-invasive all arthroscopic technique. He became an expert while completing a specialty fellowship in arthroscopic shoulder surgery where he perfected the latest, innovative shoulder scope techniques. The surgery is done through several small "key-holes" and allows for much faster recovery, less pain, and improved motion once healed. Also, the strength of repairs and clinical results are equivalent or better than traditional, large incision surgery.
Dr. Peterson says, "Most all rotator cuff tears that were once only able to be treated through large surgical incisions can now be treated arthroscopically
in a minimally-invasive fashion. This is an exciting time to be an arthroscopic surgeon and I am happy to be able to offer these cutting-edge techniques to
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Intraop video of Dr Peterson arthroscopically repairing a rotator cuff tear in a 55 year-old man
Before and after images show a large tear of the rotator cuff followed by post repair images that show a double-row, complete, secure repair. Note how the sutures cross each other and provide compression of the entire rotator cuff footprint.
Arthroscopic Double-Row Repair of a Massive Rotator Cuff Tear
This is a 60 year-old woman with a 3 tendon massive rotator cuff tear that Dr Peterson repaired with arthroscopic techniques. The biceps tendon was also repaired with arthroscopic fixation. Note the final photos show a completely repaired rotator cuff with "criss-crossing" sutures consistent with a double-row repair. Also, note how the ball of the shoulder joint is now covered with rotator cuff tendon following the repair versus an early photo showing the ball completely devoid of rotator cuff and having a "bare" appearance.
Live Rotator Cuff Repair by Dr. Peterson
Arhroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery
Shoulder Motion and Rotator Cuff
After tear of rotator cuff, acromion is going to elongation.