Have you ever wondered how an orthopedic shoulder specialist may be able to improve your quality of life? For those living in Lebanon, PA, Dr. Michael J Bercik and our expert orthopedic team at Lancaster Orthopedic Group’s Mt. Joy location will be with you through diagnosis and recovery to ensure you receive the best treatment available.

Orthopedic Shoulder Specialist Lebanon, PADr. Michael J Bercik has always pursued orthopedic excellence, whether through outstanding patient care or his commitment to performing highly in medical practice. He was recognized for these skills through multiple awards, including the Mark D Chilton award for outstanding patient care and the annual Orthopaedic In-training Examination award for achieving the highest score in his residency. Following this high performance, Dr. Bercik pursued international fellowships in France and Australia to learn complicated and non-traditional treatment methods to bring to his patients here in the United States.

When you trust our team with your care, you choose a team committed to treating our patients with compassion, dedication, and respect. We understand how difficult living with pain and restricted mobility can be, and we are committed to helping our patients break down barriers and improve their daily quality of life.

Rotator Cuff Repairs – What happens during the procedure?

Depending on the rotator cuff repair severity and any additional injuries or complications, you may have this procedure done outpatient or while staying at the hospital. It may also be done both under general anesthesia while you are asleep or under local anesthesia while you are awake, depending on the advice of your orthopedic surgeon. This will be discussed in advance between you and your provider.

When you have your rotator cuff repaired, there may be steps specific to your needs and your orthopedic surgeon’s specialty. However, most procedures follow these key steps:

  1. You will change into a surgical gown.
  2. You will have an IV (intravenous line) put into your arm or hand.
  3. Your anesthesiologist will discuss what will happen and position themselves to monitor your oxygen levels, heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure.
  4. The skin around your shoulder will be cleaned and disinfected.
  5. Once you are under anesthesia, your surgeon will make a small incision around the shoulder site. This incision size entirely depends on whether you have open surgery, arthroscopic surgery, or a hybrid method.
  6. Depending on the injury, injuries and tendons and muscles will be repaired or replaced.
  7. Any bone spurs or debris will be removed.
  8. The incision site or sites will be closed with stitches or surgical tape.
  9. The shoulder will be wrapped in a sterile bandage.
  10. If you were asleep under anesthesia, you will be woken up gradually.
  11. The surgeon will inspect the site in a follow-up visit to make sure it is healing correctly with no signs of infection. You will also be recommended at-home exercises and physical therapy to increase the healing speed and mobility of the area.

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Those living or working in Lebanon, PA, who need an expert orthopedic shoulder specialist should turn to Dr. Michael Bercik at Lancaster Orthopedics. His expertise and world-class training allow him to provide patients with efficient and effective orthopedic treatment. Click here to schedule your first appointment today.