What is Roatator 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). A partial tear, however, may need only a trimming or smoothing procedure called a debridement. A complete tear within the thickest part of the tendon is repaired by stitching the two sides back together. Usually this surgery can be done by arthroscopy (key-hole surgery).

Rotator cuff repair will be recommended if:

      • Your symptoms have lasted 6 to 12 months.
      • You have significant weakness and loss of function in your shoulder and hinders your daily activities.
      • Your tear is large and causing severe pain.
      • Your rotator cuff tear is caused by a sudden injury. In these cases, it’s best to do surgery soon after the injury.

Anterior view of shoulder comparing normal rotator cuff tendons to torn rotator cuff; AMuscsk_20140310_v0_010; SOURCE: ortho_arthro-should-rot-cuff_anat.ai

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