Rotator Cuff Repair

Rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles and their tendons that maintain the stability of the shoulder. Undoubtedly it is one of the vital parts of the shoulder. The arm in its joint is held by these muscles and tendons that allow the shoulder to move. The rotator cuff helps one to raise his/her hand and to get to there. It helps in normal shoulder mechanism by stabilizing the ball and socket joint there. If any injury like degeneration, inflammation and repetitive stress takes place that hampers the normal movement of the shoulder, its repairing is urged.

Surgery as Option:

At first some non- surgical methods like exercises or rest are applied to control the shoulder pain. Even in case of partial tear surgery is not required. But surgical operation is suggested only if no progress is observed. To re-establish the flexibility, revive the capability of normal functioning and to give relief from shoulder pain surgery is targeted. The following conditions require operational decision.

  • If one feels pain even in resting time at night
  • Inability to everydays activity and feeling of increased weakness
  • If any recent injury causes tears in shoulder
  • During this problem if the tendons of the rotator cuff are not completely torn
  • If a complete rotator cuff tear takes place

Surgical Techniques:

To repair the torn rotator cuff following surgical techniques are applied.

  • Open surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • A combination of both

Among all most common one is the arthroscopic surgery. But in case of any larger incision the surgeon may decide to apply open surgery.

Effect after Repairing:

  • The patient gradually feels the decreased level of pain and discomfort with medicines prescribed by the doctor.
  • For protection the operated arm of the patient will be suspended for a couple of estimated time.
  • A successful recovery may be achieved through physical therapy after surgery which is essential for rehabilitation.