About Rotator Cuff Surgery
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Do I need surgery to repair a rotator cuff tear?
Most rotator cuff tears are treated with non-surgical therapies, such as cold compression therapy and physical therapy.
However, rotator cuff repair surgery may be needed in the following cases:
What surgery options are available for rotator cuff repair?
- The rotator cuff tear was caused by a sudden injury. In these cases, it's best to operate within a few weeks of the injury.
- A complete rotator cuff tear causes severe shoulder weakness.
- The rotator cuff has failed to improve after 3-6 months of conservative nonsurgical treatment (such as physical therapy).
- You need full shoulder strength and function for your job or activities.
- Open shoulder surgery.
- A mini-open repair with arthroscopic assistance.
- A fully arthroscopic surgery.
Days admitted : Usually rotator cuff repair is done as an outpatient procedure.
In some cases you will need to stay 1-2 days at the hospital.
Anesthesia : General anesthesia or a nerve block.
Recovery : Recovery can take 3–6 months, with a sling being worn for the first 1–6 weeks.
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