Dr. Sivaram Rajan: Repairing the rotator cuff

Delivering the best orthopedic care available in a personalized and highly focused manner has always been a primary goal of Dr. Sivaram Rajan, M.D., who is board certified in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery. “There are a lot of places people can go to for their orthopedic needs,” he says. “But many of them are mega-practices, with a dozen or so doctors on staff so when you go in you never know who you are going to be seeing,” he says. “In my office it’s just me, my physician assistant and my first-rate staff. I personally evaluate every patient and take the time to answer his/her questions or concerns. I also perform all of the procedures myself.” As a specialist in arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Rajan focuses his practice on knee and shoulder repairs, as well as total knee and hip replacements, utilizing minimally invasive techniques. Whether you are a young athlete, weekend warrior, or senior his goal is to get you back to a normal active lifestyle.

Dr. Rajan received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his orthopaedic surgical residency at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He then gained advanced training in minimally invasive arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery and total joint replacement while completing a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been in private practice for 14 years, recently opening a state-of-the-art office facility at Rajan Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Hackensack.

A common procedure performed by Dr. Rajan is rotator cuff repair. The rotator cuff is a made up of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, providing support. Over time, through overuse and age, it can tear. “It is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain in middle age and older adults,” says Dr. Rajan. While some relief may be found in conservative approaches, like pain medications, cortisone injections, and rehab exercises, surgery may be required to attach the tendon to the shoulder bone. “There can be a lot of pain and disability until it is repaired,” says Dr. Rajan. The same-day, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery, performed through tiny incisions results in faster recovery time and less scarring.

The key to a successful recovery is proper rehabilitation therapy, he says. “I tell my patients that we’ve come a long way in surgical and recovery techniques, yet it is still a long process. However, with a coordinated surgical and rehab plan our outcomes are excellent; patients get pain relief and can return to a more functional active lifestyle.”

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