Rotator cuff tears

What are rotator cuff tears?

Rotator cuff tears are relatively common. In this video I explain they types of rotator cuff tears and how I manage them.

How do I repair a tear?

I repair most rotator cuff tears using keyhole surgery passing sutures through the tendon and securing it to the bone with anchors. This short video demonstrates the technique. Most of these operations are done with the patient awake after discussing whether awake surgery is right for that patient.

What are the risks of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair?

It is important that before surgery you understand what is involved in the procedure and what to expect after the surgery. In this video we discuss the procedure of an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, the post-operative rehabilitation, and risks of the procedure. In clinic prior to deciding on surgery we would discuss any risks that may be specific to you. On the day of surgery we then complete the consent process by discussing these risks again before you sign a consent form.

Further patient information about rotator cuff surgery can be found at aboutmyhealth.org.

Post-operative care

After a rotator cuff repair you will most likely be in a shoulder sling. This video explains how to put on a shoulder sling as some patients often struggle with this:

While in your sling you can start these exercises while waiting to start your physiotherapy:

Further post-op care instructions can be found here.

Click here to download my post-operative rehab protocol for your physiotherapist.