What is a Rotator Cuff Repair?
A Rotator Cuff Repair surgery repairs some or all of the four rotator cuff muscles in order to reduce pain and restore function. Rotator cuff tears can be partial or complete. The rotator cuff holds your shoulder socket in place.
Who should have a Rotator Cuff Repair?
Most people naturally prefer to avoid surgery. Nonsurgical treatment can include rest, medications, physical therapy, steroid injections and more. However, these treatments are usually better at reducing pain than restoring shoulder strength. Therefore, many people reach a point where surgery seems to be a better option than living with the restrictions of a weak shoulder. Almost all high-level athletes will want surgery so they can continue to perform the way they need to compete.
Does a Rotator Cuff Repair Work?
When performed by an experienced surgeon, the vast majority of patients experience a significant improvement in pain reduction and gaining strength.
What can I expect when I have a Rotator Cuff Repair?
Your surgeon will discuss the best method of repair: open, by scope or a mini-open repair. Your anesthesia and overnight stay possibilities will vary based on the method and your overall health.
You may need a pre-surgical physical to make any necessary accommodations based on your health history. When you arrive at the hospital, you’ll speak to your surgeon and anesthesiologist before surgery. Afterward, we’ll teach you a home exercise plan to aid in recovery before you start physical therapy, which may be from 1 day to a few weeks after surgery. Commitment to your physical therapy program is key to how quickly and effectively you’ll recover.
Full recovery – being totally pain-free and with full range of motion – takes about six months, but for some patients with larger tears, it can be closer to a year.