Rotator cuff repair surgery fixes a torn tendon in the shoulder. It helps restore the function and flexibility of the shoulder and relieves the pain that cannot be controlled by other treatments.
The rotator cuff muscles and tendons hold the shoulder in place, making it possible to lift your arm and to reach up. Injury can result from a fall onto your outstretched arm or from repetitive motion, like pitching a ball. You may also experience degeneration and tears as you age.
While you may be able to manage a rotator cuff injury without surgery, they usually don't heal on their own. To diagnose your injury and determine your best treatment option, Franciscan Health rotator cuff surgeons will do a thorough physical exam which may include MRI and X-ray imaging procedures. If you don't need surgery, rotator cuff treatment may include:
If nonsurgical treatments don't relieve your symptoms, there are two surgical options:
Rotator cuff surgery recovery time will vary depending on your condition – full recovery may take up to six months. You may wear a sling or an immobilizer to prevent arm movement for four to six weeks after surgery. You may also have physical therapy at Franciscan Health to ensure you recover a full range of motion.