What Is Rotator Cuff Repair?

Rotator cuff repair is undertaken to address problems in the set of shoulder muscles and tendons that connect the humerus with the shoulder blade. These allow you to raise and lower your arm as well as rotate it and a tear can compromise overall shoulder strength and be a source of strong pain for the patient.

Rotator Cuff Repair

Public Wait Time can be up to

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The Public health system in Australia has a waiting period for Orthopaedic Surgeries - 90% of Patients waited this length of time for this procedure in the 2019/2020 calendar year.

Rotator Cuff Repair - who is it for?

Who Is Rotator Cuff Repair For?

Rotator cuff surgery is for patients experiencing pain and weakness in their shoulder due to a partial or complete tear in the rotator cuff. Major causes of tears include repetitive strain, poor blood supply and bone spurs. These tears are unable to heal, and without surgery patients will likely experience greater pain and further weakening of the shoulder over time. 

What are the benefits?

Rotator cuff repair surgery will reduce acute pain in your shoulder and allow it to regain its strength over time. Rotator cuff repair through keyhole surgery can minimise pain and speed up the patient’s recovery due to being less invasive.

What happens During Surgery?

You will be put under an anaesthetic for the operation. 

Your surgeon will insert a small camera (arthroscope) through one or more incisions in the skin around your shoulder to identify the damaged parts of the rotator cuff. 

Small instruments will be inserted via the incisions to loosen or remove tissue and shave off bone if necessary. Torn tendons can be drawn together and joined to the bone with the use of anchors and sutures. 

On average rotator cuff surgery takes between 45 minutes and one hour. 

How long Will I Stay in hospital?

Most patients stay one night in hospital following their surgery and return home the next day.

What is my recovery time?

The recovery process takes time and the majority of patients require up to nine months for a full recovery. 

The repaired rotator cuff tendons will heal initially over six weeks, but it will take up to three months for them to make a solid attachment to the bone and up to nine months for the rotator cuff to completely heal. 

You may be required to wear a sling for several weeks immediately following surgery to protect your shoulder as it heals. 

Most patients experience a degree of soreness and pain over several months during the healing process. Painkillers may be prescribed to help manage pain.

Sessions with a physiotherapist can help to strengthen the shoulder, regain range of movement and speed up the recovery time.

Many patients are able to get back to their everyday routines within six months.

Self Pay Surgery Costs for Rotator Cuff Repair

Rotator Cuff Repair
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SURGERY - criteria

Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this surgery if:

  • You have a Body Mass Index under 40
  • You are over 16 years of age
  • You are not pregnant
  • You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
  • You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months

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