Rotator Cuff Repair
What is a Rotator Cuff Repair?
Rotator cuff repair is a type of surgery to fix a torn tendon in the shoulder.
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff over the shoulder joint. These muscles and tendons hold the arm in its "ball and socket" joint and help the shoulder to rotate. The role of the tendons is to hold the powerful shoulder muscles to the shoulder and arm bones. The tendons can be torn from overuse or injury.
The procedure can be done with a large ("open") incision or with shoulder arthroscopy, which uses small button-hole sized incisions. Most rotator cuff repairs are performed using arthroscopy or 'key hole surgery'.
Some injuries require that the tendon be reattached directly to a bone in the shoulder, whereas some injuries require the two torn ends of the tendon to be stitched back together. In some instances, when there is only a partial tear in the rotator cuff tendons, the tendons are trimmed down and no major reattachment is necessary.