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.