Complications of Rotator Cuff Surgery



- Detached Deltoid:
    - deltoid tendon & muscle that are reattached to raw acromial bone edge can pull away if they are improperly attached
    - if deltoid detachment occurs, it should be repaired as soon as possible, because if fixed contracture of deltoid develops little can be done;
- Axillary Nerve Injury:
    - if deltoid muscle is split anteriorly for more than 5 cm, branches of axillary nerve will be damaged, rendering corresponding portion of deltoid muscle ineffective;
    - smallest split possible should be made in deltoid to permit sufficient exposure of Rotator cuff



Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Friday, January 4, 2013 10:29 am