Rotator Cuff Repair
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
The rotator cuff is repaired through 4 small incisions, which are usually not sutured.
A sling is applied with a bodybelt. The sling must be worn for 6 weeks – 3 weeks under clothes wit the bodybelt, then start weaning off sling over 3 weeks, with the bodybelt removed. They may return to light activities and driving 6 weeks post-op and contact sports 3 months post-op.
Failure of repair: The clinical success rate of a rotator cuff repair is >95%. Even though some tears do rerupture this does not correlate with a poor result. The risk of rerupture is higher with increasing patient age, steroid useage, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle atrophy and fatty degeneration of the cuff muscles and poor quality cuff tissue.
- Complications related to the Interscalene Block
Physiotherapy and injections – however most patients will have failed non-operative management before coming to surgery.