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Superior Capsular Reconstruction Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Orthopedic Surgeons located in Clive, IA & Ankeny, IA

If you’re limited by chronic pain from a massive rotator cuff tear, you may be a candidate for superior capsular reconstruction. At Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, which has offices in Clive, Indianola, and Ankeny, Iowa, the surgical team offers this advanced, minimally invasive surgery to repair a severely damaged rotator cuff and restore your shoulder’s range of motion. Find out how superior capsular reconstruction can end your pain and restore your quality of life by scheduling an appointment online or by calling the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC office nearest you today.

Superior Capsular Reconstruction Q&A

What is superior capsular reconstruction?

Superior capsular reconstruction is a surgical technique to treat severe rotator cuff tears. Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that keep your shoulder joint in its socket and stable.

Your rotator cuff makes it possible to move your shoulder and arm in a variety of ways, including rotating it in different directions and lifting it over your arm. Trauma to the cuff can cause a partial or full tear that limits your shoulder’s range of motion and causes significant pain.

When you have a massive rotator cuff tear that can’t be repaired with traditional surgery, your Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC provider can use superior capsular reconstruction techniques to restore shoulder joint mobility and reduce your risk factors for osteoarthritis.

What can I expect during superior capsular reconstruction?

Superior capsular reconstruction is a type of minimally invasive outpatient surgery that requires only small incisions around your shoulder to access the joint.

During the surgery, your Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC provider cleans and removes dead tissue, and then attaches loose tendons to the bone.

Using a skin graft, they repair the rotator cuff capsule tissue. Over time, this skin graft heals and provides strength and stability to your soft tissues.

How long does it take to heal from superior capsular reconstruction surgery?

While everyone heals differently after shoulder surgery, it can take up to three months or longer to regain full use of your shoulder joint following your procedure.

Because superior capsular reconstruction surgery requires only small incisions, you can expect the wounds to heal quickly with minimal risk of scars. Your provider at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC may want you to begin physical therapy soon after your procedure so you begin to regain your strength and function.

As you heal, you should experience a significant decrease in inflammation and pain in your shoulder. Continuing on with your therapy ensures you regain full use of your shoulder joint within a few months of surgery.

To find out if you’re a candidate for superior capsular reconstruction, request an appointment online or by calling the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC office nearest you today.