Rotator Cuff Surgery
Physicians at Virginia Mason's Sports Medicine Clinic specialize in treating a wide variety of injuries to the rotator cuff. These injuries are very common and can include:
- Rotator cuff tendon pain
- Partial tendon tears
- Full thickness rotator cuff tears
The causes of these injuries can come from many factors. Symptoms of rotator cuff problems are:
- Shoulder pain
- Loss of normal shoulder motion
To speak with a sports medicine physician about an injury to your rotator cuff, call (206) 223-6487.
Diagnosing a Rotator Cuff Problem
The first step toward proper treatment is a comprehensive shoulder exam. This involves looking at a person's motion, strength and overall shoulder function. Depending on what this exam shows, further testing may be advised. The typical testing would be a standard shoulder X-ray and possibly an MRI.
Once we determine the type of rotator cuff injury that you have, we will discuss the many successful treatment options available. Expert education by your physician, appropriate medication and working with a physical therapist is often all that is needed to regain full function. Surgery may be recommended if the injury is one that will not improve otherwise or has not improved with non-surgical treatments. These options will be explained and discussed with you before any decision is made.
Surgery for a Rotator Cuff Injury
Virginia Mason's sports medicine surgeons perform the latest techniques in rotator cuff surgery. Minimally Invasive or arthroscopic surgery is the most common way to treat a rotator cuff problem. Depending on the situation, the surgery takes less than one hour. You will return home the same day. Our team of highly trained surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses are skilled at making the entire procedure as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
After Rotator Cuff Surgery
You will return home the same day as your surgery. A simple arm sling and soft bandage over the small surgical site is all that is required. Medication given to you by your surgeon and anesthesiologist will keep you comfortable until your first return visit to the Sports Medicine Clinic. In a few days you will begin working with an experienced shoulder therapist. If a repair was performed, a sling will be needed for four to six weeks. Our surgeons and therapists will assist you throughout your rehabilitation. Our goal is to return your shoulder to normal as quickly as possible.