Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery
Eastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois Shoulder Treatment
Rotator cuff repair is a surgical procedure that helps repair damage to your rotator cuff, a group of four muscles that surround your shoulder joint.
Rotator cuff injuries are most commonly caused by repetitive overhead arm motions, such as swimming, throwing a baseball and occupations that put heavy demands on the shoulders such as construction. Rotator cuff tears can occur at any age.
Treatment for rotator cuff repair can include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Cortisone injections
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Rotator cuff repair surgery
Rotator cuff repair surgery is recommended only if you fail to respond to at least six months of conservative treatment, such as medication and physical therapy. The options for surgical treatment depend on the extent of injury to the tendon. We can repair some rotator cuff injuries arthroscopically; others require more traditional methods of surgery.
After all cases of rotator cuff repair surgery, rehabilitation is critical to the successful return of shoulder motion. A basic stretching technique is used for the first two weeks, which is typically followed by more advanced stretching and strengthening programs. Learn about Aurora's orthopedic rehabilitation.
Learn more about the procedure by viewing this rotator cuff surgery video.