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Rotator Cuff Surgery - Tear Sheet Pad
 
Rotator Cuff Surgery
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Rotator Cuff Surgery - Tear Sheet Pad
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A surgical procedure that helps repair damage to the rotator cuff.

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles in the shoulder and upper arm that enables the arm to move in a circular motion. The muscles are connected to the shoulder bone by tendons, which are strong, flexible cords. Tendons may become damaged from chronic misuse or injury.

Reasons for Procedure
• Rotator cuff injury does not respond to conservative treatment
• There is a complete tear in the tendon
• There is chronic pain and weakness from a partial tear in the tendon

What to Expect Prior to Procedure
In the days leading up to the procedure:
• Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure
• Do not eat or drink anything for 12 hours before surgery
• Do not take aspirin, aspirin-containing products, or anti-inflammatory drugs
e.g., ibuprofen) for one week before the procedure

What to Expect Prior to Procedure:
On the day of the procedure:
• Remove contact lenses and jewelry
• You may have the following:
• A chest x-ray
• An electrocardiogram
• Blood drawn for testing

During Procedure:
Anesthesia, IV line for medications

Anesthesia – General

Description of the Procedure
There are two methods used to perform a rotator cuff repair:

1. Open surgery
The surgeon makes a large incision over the shoulder. The torn tendon is mended and reattached and/or anchored with stitches. The incision is then closed with stitches or staples.

2. Arthroscopic surgery
A small incision is made in the shoulder, and a narrow, tubular instrument called an arthroscope is inserted. The arthroscope is equipped with surgical instruments and a tiny camera. The surgeon performs the procedure while watching live images of the surgery on a monitor.

After Procedure
• The incision will be bandaged to prevent infection.
• Your arm will be placed in a sling to prevent movement.

How Long Will It Take? - 1 1/2-2 hours.

Will It Hurt? - Anesthesia prevents pain during the procedure. You may have some discomfort immediately after.

Possible Complications:
• Bleeding
• Infection
• Reaction to prescribed medication
• Scarring
• The operation does not provide the desired improvement in function

Average Hospital Stay: 0-1 day

Postoperative Care
• Do not use the arm until after the sling has been removed.
• Follow instructions for physical therapy. Therapy is essential to regain shoulder strength and range of motion.
• Keep the bandage clean and dry at all times.
• Take the full doses of all medications prescribed.
• Use ice to reduce swelling during the first 24–48 hours after surgery.

Outcome
After a successful rotator cuff repair, you should expect relief from pain and at least a 90% return of function. The rotator cuff will take several months to heal. It may take up to six months before you can raise your arms above your shoulder, and up to one year before you can hold your arms above your head and do work with your original strength. An aggressive and
consistent post-surgical exercise program is the key to an accelerated recovery.
Unless your job requires heavy lifting, you can usually return to work within a few days
after surgery.

Call Your Doctor If Any of the Following Occurs:
• Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting
• Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site
• Signs of infection, including fever and chills
• The stitches or staples come apart

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