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Rotator Cuff Repair

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Rotator Cuff Repair Treatment & Diagnostics in Koramangala, Bangalore

Rotator Cuff Repair

Rotator cuff repair is a surgical procedure performed to repair your damaged tendon in your shoulder. 

What do you need to know about rotator cuff repair?

A rotator cuff is a band of muscles and tendons that are located at the shoulder joint. This cuff holds the joints together and eases the movement of the shoulder. Surgery is done when the rotator cuff gets injured.

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What are the causes of rotator cuff injury?

  • You may injure your rotator cuff due to poor and incorrect movement of your shoulder.
  • Frequent lifting of heavyweights may also hurt your rotator cuff.
  • Arthritis or calcium deposits are other culprits.
  • Sometimes, your rotator cuff may get damaged with age.
  • Rotator cuff injuries are most commonly seen in sports persons like swimmers, tennis players and baseball pitchers. These sports put repetitive stress on shoulders and rotator cuffs.
  • A few occupations like carpenters and painters are also more susceptible to rotator cuff injuries.
  • Weakness in your shoulder areas.
  • Very little movement of the shoulder.
  • Frequent pulling, lifting and extending of shoulders.

What are the symptoms of rotator cuff injury?

The following are the symptoms of rotator cuff injury:

  • Severe pain in shoulder joints
  • Discomfort in lifting even small weights
  • Discomfort in shoulder movement

When do you need to visit a doctor?

You may visit your doctor in the following cases:

  • If you feel excruciating pain at the joints of your shoulder
  • If you notice any discomfort around your shoulders
  • If you are a sportsperson and want to continue your sporting activities but cannot do so because of unexplainable pain in your shoulder.

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Koramangala, Bangalore.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

What are the treatment options?

Depending on the intensity of the injury, treatment options can range from simple physiotherapies to surgeries. They include the following:

  • If your injury is negligible, your doctor will suggest that you apply ice packs and take sufficient rest for a few days.
  • Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy for small injuries.
  • If your injury is disturbing your daily routine activities, your doctor will prescribe a judicious amount of steroid injections for your shoulder joint.
  • Surgery is the last option for severe injuries. The surgery options include:
    • Arthroscopic tendon repair: In this method, your doctor uses tiny cameras to see and repair your injured tendons. 
    • Tendon transfer: In case of complex tendon injuries, your doctor will prescribe replacement of shoulder tendon from the nearby tendon.
    • Shoulder replacement: Massive rotator cuff injury may require shoulder replacement. 
    • Open tendon repair: Your doctor will suggest this method in some cases. In this method, your doctor will make a larger incision to replace your tendon.

What are the complications of rotator cuff repair?

Although rotator cuff surgery is a simple procedure, there are some risks associated:

  • Bleeding and infection at the surgery site. 
  • Your shoulder may not accept the graft. In this case, your doctor may suggest another surgery. But this happens only in rare cases.
  • You may observe swelling near the surgical site.

Conclusion

Rotator cuff surgery is a simple surgical procedure used to repair and replace the injured tendons at the joints of the shoulders. Although there are other options available to treat rotator cuff injuries, surgery is the only option for severe injuries.

What is the recovery time?

You can return to your job within eight weeks if it involves simple desk work. However, it may take you approximately 6 to 8 months to fully recover if you are a sportsperson.

Will I be hospitalized after surgery?

Rotator cuff surgery is a simple outpatient surgery. You have to arrive at the hospital just 2 hours before the surgery and can leave for your home on the same day of the surgery.

How long does the rotator cuff surgery take?

Rotator cuff surgery usually takes 60 to 90 minutes but may vary according to the complexity of the injury.

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