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What does surgery for a rotator cuff injury entail?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Attach cuff to bone.

A rotator cuff tear occurs when the tendon is torn off the bone.
For the tendon to heal, it must be reattached to the bone. This is done arthroscopically with suture anchors. The anchors have sutures inside and are placed into the bone. The sutures are placed within the torn rotator cuff and tied down to the bone. The cuff is protected for 6 wks before therapy begins, 3-6 months for recovery.

In brief: Attach cuff to bone.

A rotator cuff tear occurs when the tendon is torn off the bone.
For the tendon to heal, it must be reattached to the bone. This is done arthroscopically with suture anchors. The anchors have sutures inside and are placed into the bone. The sutures are placed within the torn rotator cuff and tied down to the bone. The cuff is protected for 6 wks before therapy begins, 3-6 months for recovery.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Reattach the tendon.

In surgery, the rotator cuff tendon is identified then anchored back down to the arm bone, where it tore from. It's an outpatient procedure that usually takes less than 2 hours.

In brief: Reattach the tendon.

In surgery, the rotator cuff tendon is identified then anchored back down to the arm bone, where it tore from. It's an outpatient procedure that usually takes less than 2 hours.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Fix tendonto bone

Rotator cuff tears are not all the same.
Partial tears are either left alone, lightly debrided or repaired. Full thickness tears often require repair of the torn tendon back to the shoulder bone (humerus, greater tuberosity). Surgery is either by open or arthroscopic technique using bone anchors and sutures to reattach the tendon to the bone. Rehabilitation is slow and deliberate for ~ 3 month.

In brief: Fix tendonto bone

Rotator cuff tears are not all the same.
Partial tears are either left alone, lightly debrided or repaired. Full thickness tears often require repair of the torn tendon back to the shoulder bone (humerus, greater tuberosity). Surgery is either by open or arthroscopic technique using bone anchors and sutures to reattach the tendon to the bone. Rehabilitation is slow and deliberate for ~ 3 month.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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