Rotator Cuff Tendonitis Surgery
If you have rotator cuff tendonitis you might feel a dull pain or ache around the shoulder joint. You may also experience stiffness in this joint as well. Some report a clicking in the shoulder when they raise their arm above their head. There are several ways to treat rotator cuff tendonitis without surgery initially. After examining your shoulder, we may suggest resting, avoiding overhead activities (activity modifications), taking ibuprofen or naproxen to reduced pain and swelling, physical therapy, and a steroid injection. However, if these options are unsuccessful, we may suggest one of two options for surgery.
How to Prepare for Surgery
To prepare for surgery we may ask that you don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. We also ask that you bring a large shirt with buttons or a zipper on the front so you won’t have to pull a shirt over your head. You might also prepare your home to avoid reaching your hand over your head during your upcoming recovery.
There are two treatment options for surgery:
- Arthroscopic. During the arthroscopic technique, a camera and small instruments are inserted in small incisions around the shoulder. The bone and soft tissue causing the pain will be removed.
- Open Shoulder Surgery. The open surgical technique allows us to make a small incision in the front of your shoulder. This provides him the space to see the acromion and rotator cuff directly.
Post-surgery your arm may be placed in a sling for a short period of time. When you’re ready, you will be asked to remove your sling and begin to exercise your arm. The exercises will assist you in regaining the full range of motion for your shoulder. This rehabilitation time is usually two to four months to achieve complete relief of pain, however it can be as long as a year depending on the severity of your case.
If your rotator cuff issues continue without treatment you may experience a permanent loss of motion or weakness in the shoulder joint.