Pre Operative Information

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair 


You have been diagnosed with a tear to the tendons of your rotator cuff.

These tendons are important for the normal function of the shoulder, particularly overhead activity.

There is also a relative narrowing of the space over the rotator cuff tendons due to thickening of the acromion which forms a spur

You have agreed with Mr Griffiths that the next sensible step is a keyhole operation to treat this condition.

This is called an Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff repair

This operation is usually performed as a Daycase with no need for an overnight stay.

It is normally performed under general anaesthetic (with you asleep) and the anaesthetist may also block the nerves of the arm.

The operation is performed though several small incisions around the shoulder and involves re-attaching the torn tendon back onto the bone of the upper arm. In addition to the removal of the bone spur.

The procedure takes approximately 60 mins depending of the size of the tear.

Wounds are usually closed with dissolvable stitches

After the operation:

You will see the physiotherapist prior to your discharge. They will show you how to release your arm from the sling and do specific exercises with the arm.

It is important to keep the arm moving within the prescribed safe range. Painkillers should be taken to facilitate this

You will have a follow-up appointment at 2 weeks The stitches will be trimmed prior to seeing Mr Griffiths

You should expect significant recovery by 6 weeks but will continue to recover for 6-9 months