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Rotator cuff surgery (or rotator cuff repair) is an orthopedic procedure that is used to mend a torn or damaged rotator cuff tendon. This tendon is particularly important because it controls the motion of your shoulder joint. After rotator cuff surgery from Dignity Health, you should be able to move and use your shoulder without pain.
Rotator cuff injuries are common in the Bay Area, but not all of them require surgery. Your doctor may recommend surgery to treat a rotator cuff tear if:
Rotator cuff surgery can be performed as an open, mini-open (a combination of minimally invasive and open techniques), or a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure. Mini-open and arthroscopic approaches typically can result in smaller incisions, less pain and a shorter recovery period than open surgery. As a result, depending on the kind of surgery you receive, you may go home the same day or you may spend a few nights in the hospital.
Your doctor will likely suggest that you wear a sling to keep your shoulder stable while it is healing, and that you complete physical therapy as part of your recovery, as best rotator cuff surgery outcomes are achieved by patients who complete the full course of physical therapy. Gradually, you’ll regain shoulder function, strength and stability over three to 12 months.
After rotator cuff surgery from Dignity Health, many patients are able to return to their favorite activities and sports. However, surgery won’t prevent future shoulder injuries.
You can protect your shoulder and avoid more problems by:
Come to Dignity Health for rotator cuff surgery that will free you of your shoulder pain and get you back to your active lifestyle. To get started, Find a Doctor near you today.
Dignity Health offers rotator cuff surgeries to patients in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Redwood City, through our extensive network of health care providers.