If you’ve torn your rotator cuff and conservative measures like rest and anti-inflammatories aren’t improving your pain and range of motion, you may need surgery to repair your rotator cuff. It’s important to find a doctor who is focused on treating bone and joint conditions and who has extensive experience performing rotator cuff surgery. Kristofer J. Jones, MD and his friendly team offer expert rotator cuff treatment in his Los Angeles practice by the same name. The first step toward pain relief and full recovery is a consultation with Dr. Jones. While located in Westwood, we are proud to serve surrounding areas such as Santa Monica, Brentwood, Century City, Culver City, Downtown, and Sherman Oaks.
The muscles and tendons that stabilize your arm bone in your shoulder socket are called the rotator cuff. A rotator cuff injury occurs when one of these muscles or tendons is torn.
Most rotator cuff tears are the result of repetitive overhead motion such as painting or tennis, natural wear and tear over time, or a single traumatic injury.
No. As a matter of fact, surgery is a last resort treatment for rotator cuff tears. Because surgery requires an extensive recovery period with strict limitations, more conservative treatments are attempted before surgery is recommended.
Many patients recover from minor rotator cuff tears by resting the affected shoulder, taking anti-inflammatory medications, and using ice to reduce swelling and inflammation. In many cases, physical therapy can produce positive results, too.
However, it’s important that you know that seeking treatment for a suspected rotator cuff tear is critical; only an expert can accurately diagnose your shoulder injury and prepare a treatment plan that will prevent further damage or complications.
If your doctor has recommended rotator cuff surgery, you can expect to be sedated during the procedure. This means that you won’t experience pain or anxiety during the procedure and you won’t remember the procedure when you wake up.
In most cases, a block is administered during the procedure, which ensures your pain is appropriately managed both during and after surgery.
When you wake up, Dr. Jones explains what he encountered during the procedure and provide you with clear instructions, both verbally and in writing, to follow when you get home. You will likely leave the same day you receive surgery, although some patients may need to stay the night. You’ll need a licensed driver to take you straight home to rest and recover.
Your recovery will vary depending on the severity of your rotator cuff injury and the method of surgery that was performed (i.e. whether Dr. Jones was able to perform arthroscopic surgery or open surgery was required).
Most people are on restrictions for several weeks after surgery, which may include wearing a sling, avoiding certain movements, and avoiding any weight-bearing with the affected arm. In addition, most patients require physical therapy to recover. It’s of utmost importance that you follow the instructions Dr. Jones provides to achieve the best possible outcome and return to the activities you love.