Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles that keeps your arm in your shoulder socket. If one of these muscles tears, it can cause shoulder pain and weakness. A rotator cuff tear can make it difficult for you to complete daily activities that involve lifting your arm, like getting dressed.
Our shoulder experts first try to treat a rotator cuff injury using a combination of nonsurgical methods like physical therapy and medication. If you continue to experience pain, we may recommend rotator cuff surgery.
Most of our rotator cuff surgeries are arthroscopic procedures, which use small incisions that lead to shorter recoveries. But if you aren’t a candidate for an arthroscopic approach, we may decide together that a traditional open surgery will give you better results. In either case, our orthopedic surgeons will find the right treatment to help you feel better and restore function in your shoulder.
We treat thousands of people for rotator cuff injuries every year. In fact, our team treats more people with joint conditions than any other health system in Wisconsin. This experience means you can count on effective care that’s customized to your unique needs.
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Your team will give you instructions on how to prepare for your rotator cuff surgery. Please follow the preoperative instructions carefully to ensure a safe procedure:
Since no two patients are exactly alike, be sure to talk with your doctor and care team about your individual preparations for surgery.
The surgery typically takes about two hours. During the surgery, we will:
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After your rotator cuff surgery, you’ll most likely be able to go home as soon as the anesthesia has worn off. Before you leave, we’ll discuss your follow-up appointment schedule with you. Typically, we see people at:
During this time, you’ll begin your shoulder rehabilitation therapy, which will help you regain function and strength in your shoulder. Throughout the recovery process, your surgeons and physical therapists will communicate with you and with each other to ensure you’re progressing well. Learn more about rehabilitation and therapy services.