The Opus® Autocuff® is a minimally invasive (arthroscopic) method of repairing a torn or damaged rotator cuff. An orthopedic surgeon uses automated suturing (stitching) and anchoring instruments to quickly secure the torn tendon to the bone. The anchoring instrument allows the surgeon to lock the ends of the sutures inside the bone without tying off knots. It creates knotless anchors and positions the rotator cuff with the correct amount of tension.
At Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals, we use the Opus Autocuff system for rotator cuff repair in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. To learn more about your treatment options, find an orthopedic surgeon or call (702) 616-4900.
Why Opus Autocuff Rotator Cuff Repair is Performed
A torn rotator cuff makes your shoulder very unstable: The top of your upper arm bone can easily move out of position and rub against other bones and soft tissues in the shoulder. After rotator cuff repair, you will be able to move and use your shoulder without pain.
Your doctor may recommend surgery if:
- The tear is from a recent injury
- The tear has been causing pain for more than six months
- You can’t use your shoulder normally.
- Nonsurgical management such as physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, or oral or injected corticosteroids haven’t worked
What to Expect from Rotator Cuff Surgery
Opus Autocuff rotator cuff repair is either a mini-open or fully arthroscopic procedure. For arthroscopic surgery, the surgeon inserts a small camera (arthroscope) and the Autocuff instruments through small, keyhole-sized incisions. Mini-open surgery combines these techniques with a smaller open procedure. Mini-open and arthroscopic approaches result in smaller incisions, less pain, and a shorter recovery period than open surgery with a larger incision. Most people go home the day of surgery. You may have to wear a sling to keep your shoulder stable while it is healing.
Recovery after Opus Autocuff Rotator Cuff Repair at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
You’ll have some pain after surgery, but pain control and physical therapy will help. Patients with the best outcomes complete a full course of physical therapy to help them regain shoulder function, strength, and stability.
You can protect your shoulder and avoid future issues by:
- Carrying heavy objects close to your body
- Keeping pressure off your shoulder by sleeping on the opposite side
- Practicing good posture
- Strengthening your shoulder muscles with recommended exercises
- Using proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican treats rotator cuff tears with the Opus Autocuff system in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.