Is rotator cuff surgery considered a major surgery?
It is well known that rotator cuff surgery is a major operation where the rotator cuff tendons (Figure 1) are sewn back to the upper arm bone (humerus) (Figures 2 and 3). The other major reason patients have pain after rotator cuff surgery is due to stiffness of that shoulder.
What happens at 8 weeks after rotator cuff surgery?
For the first 6-8 weeks after surgery, your surgeon will ask you to wear a sling to protect the repaired tendons. The next phase of recovery, from 8-12 weeks after the surgery, is focused on getting the shoulder to move normally again, while still not doing any lifting that could pull apart the repair.
How long is the hospital stay after rotator cuff surgery?
You can expect to stay in the hospital for about three days after your surgery. Your bandages and sutures will usually be removed before you leave. At home, you’ll need to continue your exercises.
Is rotator cuff surgery worth having?
Surgery may be a good idea if you tore your rotator cuff in a sudden injury and the tear is making your shoulder weak. But surgery can’t fully reverse problems that occur over time with wear and tear of the rotator cuff.
What happens if a torn rotator cuff goes untreated?
Rotator cuff tear complications
If left untreated, a rotator cuff tear can severely restrict function and range of motion. The tears can also increase over time. This may cause partial rotator cuff tears to progress to total tears.
Is walking good after rotator cuff surgery?
When can I exercise after shoulder surgery? You can do things like walk immediately. Usually, you will be in a sling for a period of 2 to 6 weeks depending on the type of surgery. During that time you can remove the sling to extend the elbow several times a day.
How long after rotator cuff surgery can you sleep in a bed?
Avoid sleeping flat on your back. Bolstering yourself up in your bed with several pillows or with a 45 degree wedge that you can purchase at a medical supply store will help you rest. Often, patients have to sleep with an incline for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
When should you not have rotator cuff surgery?
If you have symptoms that don’t get better after 3 to 6 months, you may need surgery. You may want to think about surgery if you have torn your rotator cuff in a sudden injury and the tear is causing shoulder weakness. But surgery can’t fully reverse problems that occur over time with wear and tear of the rotator cuff.
What percentage of rotator cuff surgeries are successful?
Similarly a review of the literature for repair of small to medium tears (1 – 3 cm) where repair was assessed using imaging showed a success rate range of 60 – 79%, with an average of 74%. Overall the data indicates a modest success rate in structural restoration of the rotator cuff by surgery.
Do you stay in hospital for rotator cuff surgery?
Most patients will not require a hospital stay after an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair procedure. Generally, a person must spend an hour or two in the recovery room until the anesthetic medication has worn off.
What can you not do after shoulder surgery?
You should not do any reaching, lifting, pushing, or pulling with your shoulder during the first six weeks after surgery. You should not reach behind your back with the operative arm. You may remove your arm from the sling to bend and straighten your elbow and to move your fingers several times a day.
How painful is shoulder surgery?
Shoulder surgery can be painful, but you have a number of options when it comes to pain relief during and after your procedure. Regional anesthesia (peripheral nerve blocks) has a number of advantages over general anesthesia and using postoperative opioids alone.
How painful is a rotator cuff tear?
You may have pain when you lie on the painful side at night. The pain and weakness in the shoulder may make routine activities such as combing your hair or reaching behind your back more difficult. It should be noted that some rotator cuff tears are not painful.