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5 facts about rotator cuff surgery

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

A rotator cuff injury is one of the most common shoulder injuries and also one of the most common causes of shoulder pain in middle aged and older patients. A rotator cuff tear can be as a result of injury or overwear of the shoulder being used in certain movements- generally from physical activities. To alleviate the pain caused by a rotator cuff tear, a simple surgical procedure can be carried out. See the following facts about having a rotator cuff surgery:

1. Surgery for rotator cuff tears is very simple and can be done in day surgery
2. A rotator cuff tear surgery can be performed with an arthroscope, which allows for less and smaller incisions. It can even be done under a local anaesthetic
3. A rotator cuff tear is repaired by using tiny suture anchors – these are little metal anchors that go into the bones and stay there permanently
4. The procedure may not always return strength but is successful at relieving pain in the shoulder
5. Surgery is suggested for rotator cuffs that have lasted more than 6months, a tear that is more than 3cm or a tear caused by sudden and a cute injury

If you are unsure whether you are suitable for rotator cuff tear surgery, or want to know more about the day surgery process, please contact Professor Ireland on 9821 2599.