Rotator Cuff Surgery Symptoms, Treatment, Pain, Recovery

Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator Cuff surgery

A rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons which are around the shoulder joint.  Those muscles and tendons join the head of your upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder.

The rotator cuff helps you in lifting and rotating the arm. And by which the shoulder joint remains at its place. But sometimes, the tendons tear or get pinched by the bones around them which cause severe ache. The muscles can be torn from overuse or injury.

A Rotator cuff injury usually occurs in people who perform overhead motions repeatedly in their strenuous activities such as painters, carpenters, etc. and people who love sports like playing baseball or tennis kind of games.

The complication and risk of rotator cuff injury also increase with age.

People usually get rid of this disease through physiotherapy or physical therapy exercises that repairs and improves flexibility and strength of the muscles and tendons around the shoulder joint.

Rotator Cuff Symptoms:

When the rotator cuff injured the symptoms are the following:

  • In starting, In the shoulder, there would be bearable pain.
  • Afterward, there will be the pain when the patient sleep, lying on his affected shoulder.
  • Unable to lift a weight, comb his hair or stretch his hand.
  • There would be numbness and severe pain in the shoulder.
  • Pain will occur when the patient will raising his arm over the head.

Rotator Cuff Treatment:

Rotator cuff usually treats by physical therapy and medications. If the Rotator cuff pain is not severe, then the doctor usually suggests the patient take bed rest for months and treat him by physiotherapy or physical therapy exercises.

A doctor also recommends him some medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. These medicines help in relieving the pain, swelling and make the patient comfortable and ease.

Rotator Cuff Surgery:

If the patient doesn’t get relief from physical therapy and recommended medicines afterward doctor will ask him for rotator cuff surgery.

There are two types of surgery:

Arthroscopic repair:

The process of rotator cuff surgery (Arthroscopic repair) steps are the following:

  • The patient will ask to remove his dress and wear the patient’s gown.
  • Patient has to clean and shaved his exposed parts where the surgery is going to happen.
  • The surgeon will inject him an injection by which the receptor of the injured area gets numb.
  • After that, the surgeon will clean the area with antiseptic.
  • Afterward, he will make a small one or two incisions on the injured area.
  • He will put a tiny camera called arthroscope, inside by an incision which guides him with the correct location on the monitor screen.
  • He will insert tiny surgical instruments for surgery and fix the damaged area.
  • After that, he will stitch the surgical area and dressed it.

Open tendon surgery:

This surgery takes a  long time to complete. Open Tendon Surgery is the first technique used to repair the rotator cuff. If the patient has a tear that’s very large or complex, your surgeon may choose this method. The process of rotator cuff surgery (open tendon surgery) steps are the following:

  • The patient will ask to remove his dress and wear the patient’s gown.
  • Patient has to clean and shaved his exposed parts, where the surgery is going to happen.
  • The surgeon will inject him an injection, by which the receptor of the injured area gets numb.
  • After that, the surgeon will clean the area with antiseptic.
  • Then, the surgeon will make a large incision on the patient’s injured shoulder; then your shoulder muscle is detached, so the surgeon has direct access with the tendon.
  • It is helpful if the tendon or muscle need to be replaced.
  • After the surgery, the surgeon will stitch the surgical area and dress it.

Rotator Cuff Complications:

  • The rotator cuff surgery may face the risk of stroke, heart attack, pneumonia, or blood clot.
  • Infection can produce in the shoulder after the surgery. Only 0.16 to 1.9% of patients face internal infection after arthroscopic or mini-open surgery.
  • Strenuous activities or occupations such as carpentry or house painting require repetitive arm movement including overhead movement, that can damage the rotator cuff again.
  • According to the age of the patient, when he will get older, the risk of a rotator cuff injury increases.

Conclusion:

Rotator cuff surgery takes place when the injured patient gets unbearable pain in his shoulder. He will not be able to do regular activities by his hand. The doctor will recommend him for surgery by which he will get relief and ease.

 

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