Rotator Cuff Repair/Revision Surgery

What is shoulder and rotator cuff surgery?

Shoulder surgery (arthroscopy) is a surgical technique to inspect, diagnose and treat problems inside the shoulder joint. It can identify problems in the labrum, articular cartilage, various soft tissues surrounding the joint and the rotator cuff. Rotator cuff repair is a surgery that repairs a torn tendon in the shoulder.

Additional procedures for the shoulder include fracture repair, nerve release and the removal of cysts inside the joint and revision surgery.

Shoulder and Rotator Cuff Surgery - CA

How is shoulder and rotator cuff surgery performed?

Shoulder arthroscopy may be performed using regional nerve blocks instead of general anesthesia. You may be positioned on your side, or in what is called the “beach chair position,” in a reclined, seated position. Small incisions will be made for the arthroscope and instruments to be positioned inside the shoulder. The length of the procedure will depend on the type of condition as well as what the surgeon uncovers inside the shoulder.

Is shoulder and rotator cuff surgery covered by insurance?

Most insurance plans and Medicare cover various types of shoulder surgery.

How quickly can I get back to my regular routine after shoulder and rotator cuff surgery?

Shoulder surgery requires about 6 weeks to heal initially and may take up to 6-9 months to fully heal in the case of rotator cuff surgery.

Are there any side effects to shoulder and rotator cuff surgery?

In addition to the risk associated with surgery such as infection and bleeding, shoulder surgery risks can include nerve injury, stiffness and ongoing pain.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact West Coast Orthopedics.

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