Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery is a procedure that helps restore the function and flexibility of the shoulder and relieve the pain that cannot be controlled by nonsurgical treatments. Rotator cuff repair surgery may consist of shaving off bone spurs that are pinching the shoulder or repairing torn rotator cuff tendons and/or torn muscles in the shoulder.
Reasons for Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery
Approximately 50% of people with rotator cuff injuries have pain relief and improved function as a result of nonsurgical treatments. Unfortunately, shoulder strength seldom improves without surgery. If your pain continues after you have used nonsurgical treatments for several months, you are a candidate for rotator cuff repair surgery. Other reasons surgery may be your best options are:
Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery
Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff most often involves re-attaching the tendon to the head of humerus (upper arm bone). There are a few options for repairing rotator cuff tears. Your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss with you the best procedure to meet your individual health needs. Your surgeon may also be able to repair any other shoulder problems, such as osteoarthritis, bone spurs or other soft tissue tears during your surgery.
Advancements in surgical techniques have led to less invasive techniques such as arthroscopic surgery. Many types of rotator cuff repair surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis without an overnight hospital stay. The three main types of rotator cuff repair surgery are:
The multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic experts at North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute's Shoulder and Elbow Services in New York performs rotator cuff repair surgery as well as a broad range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments for shoulder and elbow conditions that can occur at any stage of life.
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