The rotator cuff, a group of muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder, can be prone to tears from acute injuries or wear and tear over time. Symptoms such as persistent pain (especially at night), weakness, and limited shoulder mobility might indicate a severe tear that requires surgical intervention. Rotator cuff repair surgery is often necessary for most full thickness tears, and higher grade partial tears of the cuff. Sometimes, conservative measures such as physical therapy or injections can be effective. Steroid injections can help the pain associated with the cuff tear, but may negatively affect healing. Biologic therapies, such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been shown to help in healing of some smaller rotator cuff tears also.

2 Types of Rotator Cuff Repair Surgeries

A blue-tone Image of a damaged human shoulder joint.EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region offers two primary types of rotator cuff repair surgeries: arthroscopic repair and open repair. The choice between these procedures depends on the tear’s severity, a patient’s overall health, and specific anatomical considerations.

  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair: This minimally invasive technique involves small incisions and the use of a camera and specialized instruments to repair the torn tendons. It is generally favored for its quicker recovery times and reduced postoperative pain.
  • Open repair: In very rare cases of large or complex tears, an open repair may be necessary. This approach involves a larger incision and provides the surgeon with direct access to the rotator cuff, allowing for a comprehensive repair.

Deciding the Right Surgery for You

The decision on which surgical approach to take is made by your surgeon after thorough diagnostics and consultations with you. At EmergeOrtho, our shoulder specialists utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to accurately assess the extent of the injury. This detailed evaluation, combined with a review of your medical history, activity level, and recovery goals, helps us develop a personalized treatment plan.

Our surgeons are not just skilled in advanced surgical techniques, they are also adept at tailoring the surgery to meet your unique needs, ensuring the best possible outcomes.

Preparing for Torn Rotator Cuff Surgery

Preparation is key to a successful surgery and recovery. Our surgical team will guide you through the preoperative steps, including any necessary adjustments to medications, fasting instructions, and what to bring on the day of the surgery. Our pre-op education also covers what to expect during the surgery, aiming to ensure you feel informed and confident as you approach the procedure.

Personalized Post-Op Recovery Plan

The time it takes to recover from rotator cuff repair surgery varies by the type of surgery, the extent of the damage, and your commitment to your prescribed recovery plan. Whether you undergo an arthroscopic or open repair, our shoulder team provides a detailed, personalized post-op recovery plan to ensure your optimal healing, including:

  • Post-op care: Immediately following surgery, you will receive detailed instructions on caring for your incision, managing pain, and when to begin gentle movements to aid in recovery.
  • Physical therapy: An essential component of recovery, physical therapy starts with gentle exercises to improve flexibility in your hand and fingers, and gradually progresses to strengthening exercises. Our physical therapists specialize in shoulder rehabilitation, offering personalized therapy sessions designed to restore function and mobility.
  • Follow-up visits: Regular check-ins with your surgeon and therapy team allow for adjustments to your recovery plan based on your progress. These visits are essential in ensuring a safe and effective return to activity.

EmergeOrtho: On the Cutting Edge of Shoulder Surgery

EmergeOrtho surgeons have performed hundreds of successful rotator cuff repair surgeries throughout the Blue Ridge Region. With EmergeOrtho, you get a host of benefits, including:

  • Expertise: Our shoulder surgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained, bringing deep knowledge and experience to each case.
  • Advanced technology: Utilizing cutting-edge diagnostic and surgical equipment, we ensure precise repairs and optimal outcomes.
  • Personalized care: From the initial consultation through recovery, patients receive individualized care tailored to their specific needs and goals.
  • Convenient locations: With multiple facilities across the Blue Ridge Region and affiliations with top surgery centers and hospitals, access to our expert care is always within reach.

At EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region, we are not just focused on the success of your surgery but on your complete recovery and return to the activities you love. If you need shoulder surgery, you can find an EmergeOrtho Shoulder Doctor near you who can help you emerge from treatment stronger, healthier, and better equipped to enjoy life’s adventures without limitation.

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