Rotator Cuff Surgery
Everything you need to know about your shoulder procedure
What is the rotator cuff?
The most common misconception is that the rotator cuff is one tendon in the shoulder. It is actually comprised of four muscles that surround the shoulder blade (scapula) which attach to the bone (proximal humerus) through four tendons in the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff compress the ball to the socket and help lift and rotate your arm while keeping your shoulder in place. The shoulder is made up of a ball-and-socket joint. The ball, or the head of the upper arm bone (the humerus), fits into the socket of the shoulder blade (the glenoid). The rotator cuff is like a sleeve surrounding the humerus, which provides stability and strength to the shoulder joint.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect after an arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery?
Following an arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery, you will be discharged the same day. A sling will be worn for 6 weeks, with pendulum exercises beginning on the first day after surgery. Pain medication, Tylenol and ice will be utilized to treat the pain and swelling. At 2 weeks after surgery, formal physical therapy will commence. One cannot actively use the shoulder for lifting, pushing, or pulling for 3 months following surgery, however, use of the hands for typing and light use can start immediately following the procedure. Driving may start once pain medications have been stopped. Full healing can take 6 months to a year.
How long does an arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery take?
Patients will need to arrive at least one hour prior to surgery. Surgical times vary depending on the severity of the tear, however, most repairs take less than 40 minutes. About an hour will be spent in the recovery room, prior to discharge.
What are exercises for the rotator cuff after an arthroscopic repair?
Pendulum exercises are started immediately following the procedure. At 2 weeks following the procedure, formal physical therapy will begin. Passive range of motion is initiated and continues until the three-month mark. At that time, active range of motion of the shoulder may begin. The physical therapist will also begin strengthening the shoulder at 3 months following the repair.