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Shoulder Surgery: Rotator Cuff Repair

Several sports can put patients at risk for a variety of muscle tears and joint issues. One common condition that can happen to the shoulder is that of torn tendons in the shoulder. This may be part of the rotator cuff which makes up the groups of muscles and tendons over the joint of the shoulder. Tendon tears may occur from injury or overuse, but are often extremely problematic. The doctors of Summit Healthcare Orthopedic Center of Show Low, AZ can help with shoulder surgery for rotator cuff repair.

What is done during rotator cuff repair?

Most patients are worried about what the surgery entails. The doctors at our practice ensure patients are well-educated on the procedure they will be having performed. The procedure is typically done with general anesthesia so patients do not experience pain. However, some doctors may opt for regional anesthetics to numb the area, including the shoulders and the arm. This may be combined with oral medication to make patients sleepy during the procedure.

To repair the rotator cuff, the doctor will reattach the tendons to the bone, often with the use of suture anchors. These are made of biocompatible material that does not need to be removed. Sometimes the doctor will use suture anchors made from dissolvable materials. Sutures are then attached to these anchors and are used to tie the tendon back to the bone. Once the surgery is complete, the incisions are closed and the area is dressed properly.

What should I expect during recovery?

Recovery from rotator cuff repair may vary depending on several factors, including the severity of the tendon tear and the surgical method used. In most cases, patients will need to wear a sling to keep their shoulder stabilized for several weeks. Physical therapy is done to regain motion and strength. A full recovery is often reached by six months post-operation.

Summit Healthcare Orthopedic Center offers rotator cuff repair

If you are interested in learning more about rotator cuff repair with the team at Summit Healthcare Orthopedic Center, we encourage you to book a consultation visit at our Show Low, AZ area practice at 2200 East Show Low Lake Road. Call (928) 537-6381 to request an appointment with our doctors.

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