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Rotator Cuff Repair

The rotator cuff is found at the top of the shoulder blade and is formed from the muscle and tendon used to attach the arm to the shoulder. There are two main types of injury, those being a tear of the rotator cuff or an impingement.

These problems can lead to pain and loss of movement in the shoulder.

Surgery is not always needed with these problems and many impingements can be solved with a course of physiotherapy and a change of regular activity.

Painkillers can also help with the less severe cases and on occasions pain killing injections will be used to manage the pain.

Once the pain can no longer be managed or the tear is found to be too severe then surgery will be advised as the favoured option.

Impingement is usually treated by arthroscopy (‘keyhole’ surgery). If you have a large tear, you may need rotator cuff surgery.

Rotator cuff surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic and will take approximately an hour.

Your surgeon will use medical instruments to remove any thick tissue around the area and release any tight tissue with the bone being shaven in many cases. If the tear is large then your surgeon will use special stitches that anchor to the bone for more stability and strength.

You may be allowed home on the same day as the procedure and we advise that a family member or friend collect you from the hospital.

Any stitches or clips will be removed approximately two weeks after the procedure.

The rehabilitation time for this operation can be anything up to a year before good strength returns to the shoulder but with regular exercise the return to normal activities should be as soon as possible.

You must be aware that full strength may never return to the shoulder and the initial symptoms can return and this will be discussed in the initial consultation with your consultant.

This procedure will normally be covered by your medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with their provider prior to any treatment.

If you are paying for your own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 257 6700