How bad is rotator cuff surgery?

Not too bad!!! Although all surgeries can involve some initial pain and discomfort, rotator cuff repair surgery can be done very safely these days and with minimal risk. Although some tears can be challenging to repair, recovery time and therapy that goes along with it are generally well tolerated. An experienced surgeon with high skill with arthroscopic techniques can usually achieve excellent clinical results.

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I had rotator cuff surgery on 3 02 2012 did 7 months of therapy and now my bicep gives me a terrible pain when I lift it almost to my shoulder height it hurts so bad I have to drop and hold my arm my arm is also cracking and popping again any suggestions

See surgeon. I would see your surgeon to see if there are any problems related to the surgery you should have fairly normal motion and strength this long since your surgery you could have some further damage in your shoulder which could be affecting your recovery. Read more...
Probably didn't heal. I suspect your repair didn't take or part of the repair failed to heal. Not your fault or even your surgeon's fault. Blame biology. Depending on extent of tear anywhere from 10->50% of tears won't heal. I would advise a followup exam and have it looked at. If still having pain and tendon retorn options will inlcude steroid, benign neglect or reverse total shoulder. B cautious w repeat repair. Read more...

Hi! Had rotator cuff surgery 3/2/2012and 7 months of therapy I have terrible pain when I lift my arm half way my bicep hurts so bad that I have to drop my arm it still pops and cracks the doctor said he is done. What could be the problem thanks?

Rotator cuff. Would get a second opinion. Sounds like you are still having shoulder problems. Would recommend another ortho surgeon or physical medicine or sports medicine physician. Read more...
Shoulder Specialist. We need more information about the full extent of your diagnosis...I recommend you get a second opinion with a shoulder specialist. http://www.theshouldercenter.com/shoulderpain/2012/shoulder-specialist/surgeryspecialist/http://www.theshouldercenter.com/video-how-to-choose-a-surgeon-for-your-rotator-cuff-repair.htm these links may help you make a more informed decision. Read more...
Probably didn't heal. I suspect your repair didn't take which unfortunately a known risk of surgery. If you still have pain and crepitance you probably need to be further evaluated. I would recommend a shoulder specialist as based on your age there still are options such as reverse arthroplasty. Really hard to give specifics without formal evaluation. Read more...

What's a rotator cuff surgery like?

Worth doing. The rotator cuff is a group of 4 tendons that serve a very important role in shoulder function. Tears of the rotator cuff do not heal on their own. Surgery is usually necessary if tears are causing pain & dysfunction. The state of the art is arthroscopic repair. Surgery is outpatient, takes about an hour, & pain levels are not so bad. Healing rates around 60 to 80%. Read more...
Usually successful. While surgery for most acute cuff tears are 60-80% successful, there are now new treatment options that are minimally invasive such as ultrasound guided platelet rich plasma (prp), and most recently mesenchymal stem cells. These may be successful for partial tears. If the tear is retracted, definitely consider surgery. The immobilization period can be long, and re-tear rates high depending on age. Read more...
Outpatient. It takes about 2 hours, usually done arthroscopically. We perform ours on an outpatient basis. We use a sling for three weeks, then begin physical therapy. Read more...

What is it like to have rotator cuff surgery?

We repair RC. Tears with a camera and miniature tools in a procedure called arthroscopy. Arthroscopy has become the primary means of fixing rotator cuffs. A sport medicine or shoulder orthopaedist can help you with this. Surgery is typically outpatient takes 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. You are in a sling for 4-6 weeks. Motion is gained the first 6 weeks and then we focus on strengthening. Recovery is 3-4 months. Read more...
Hurts @ pm. Most rotator cuff tears in your relatively young age group will cause pain w/ overhead activities , throwing etc. If you really have a tear pain @ night is ver common. Pain when moving your arm away from your body is typical. Occasionsionally weakness ofyour arm in certain positions can be appreciated.. A good physical exam can differentiate other shoulder problems.MRI can confirm if well done. . Read more...

Do they use surgical clips in rotator cuff surgery?

Possibly. Rotator cuff surgery may involve debridement or repair of the rotator cuff. Repair of the rotator cuff often necessitates sutures and commonly involve the use of suture anchors which are anchored into in the bones of the shoulder with suture to allow for repair of the cuff. Closure of the surgical wounds often involves the use of sutures or staples; it depends on the preference of the surgeon. Read more...
Not exactly. You can learn more about rotator cuff repair surgery here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/arthroscopic-rotator-cuff-repair.Htm i would recommend you pick a surgeon that performs the surgery you need hundreds of times a year. Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2012/shoulder-specialist/surgeryspecialist/. Read more...

Can you still powerlift after rotator cuff surgery?

You can. With a successful repair and appropriate post-operative rehab, you should be able to resume powerlifting. However, you should be aware that you are more likely to incur a re-tear than most patients, because of the immense forces on the rotator cuff, associated with powerlifting. Read more...
I agree. This also depends on the time frame post op. Your physical therapist will be able to give you an accurate time line as to when you may begin this. Read more...