Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator cuff surgery is typically performed to repair a torn tendon in the shoulder. The surgery is either completed with an open incision or with shoulder arthroscopy, which uses small, buttonhole incisions to repair the site of injury.

The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that help stabilize the shoulder. A Rotator cuff Disorder can become severe if nonsurgical treatment has failed to improve the shoulderŐs movement and strength.

Surgery of the rotator cuff can involve the following:

  • The removal of loose fragments of tendon, bursa, and other debris in the shoulder where the cuff moves. This process is called debridement.
  • To stop the cuff from being pinched or irritated, more room for the rotator cuff tendon may be required. Bone may need to be shaved down, and bone spurs may need to be removed from the shoulder blade.
  • The sewing of the torn edges of the supraspinatus tendon together and to the top of the humerus.

Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator Cuff Repair

Why Is Surgery Required?

There are multiple reasons that rotator cuff surgery may become necessary. During a consultation with one of our Triangle Orthopaedic specialists, patients can become even more familiar with the reasons to consider surgical measures, which can include:

  • A patient has shoulder pain at night and the pain has not improved with exercises through a 6-12 month period.
  • Patient presents with a large or complete rotator cuff tear.
  • When a patient is active and uses the shoulder for both sports and work.
  • The shoulder becomes so weak that it inhibits the ability to perform everyday activities.

Your physician will review your individual case history to determine what procedures might be right for you. At Triangle Orthopaedics, our experienced professionals and surgeons deliver outstanding care to ensure that our patients experience less recovery time and more comfort.

Learn More about Triangle Orthopaedics

At Triangle Orthopaedics, we offer a wide range of procedures to best suit our patientsŐ individual needs. We perform more surgeries than any other group and offer comprehensive care to the people of the Carolinas. We work with our patients to ensure that they fell comfortable, informed about their medical health, and free to ask any questions to our providers and staff.

Rotator cuff surgery has helped many of our patients feel relief from shoulder pain, regain strength of the shoulder, and improve movement of the tendons. Our team of doctors is here to provide patients with the surgical techniques and treatments that are necessary to regain functionality and movement. Contact Triangle Orthopaedics today to learn more about rotator cuff surgery.

Common surgeries performed by our shoulder & elbow specialists:



Common Non-Surgical Treatments:

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