If you’ve suffered severe or ongoing rotator cuff damage in your shoulder joint, turn to the experts at Alliance Spine Associates, LLC in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The pain management specialists offer rotator cuff repair to reduce pain and restore your shoulder’s structure and function. Call the office to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.
Your rotator cuff is a group of soft tissues (muscles and tendons) in your shoulder joint. They hold the joint in place, allowing your shoulder and arm to move smoothly. You could have rotator cuff pain because of a disease, overuse, age-related wear, or an injury.
Rotator cuff repair at Alliance Spine Associates, LLC restores the structure and function of the affected joint.
Your orthopedic specialist could recommend rotator cuff repair if you have an injury that’s painful or crippling. Symptoms of a rotator cuff injury include:
You might not be able to reach your arm above your head or behind your back. If your injury doesn’t go away on its own or is severe, see the Alliance Spine Associates, LLC team for an evaluation.
Your Alliance Spine Associates, LLC provider reviews your medical history and symptoms to determine if you’re a candidate for rotator cuff repair. They check your vital signs and complete a physical exam. Blood tests and an imaging procedure (X-rays, an ultrasound, an MRI) are ordered to diagnose your condition and effectively treat it.
Follow your surgeon’s instructions to prepare for rotator cuff repair at Alliance Spine Associates, LLC. They might ask you to stop taking some medications and avoid food and drink on the morning of your scheduled procedure.
Tell your provider about any dietary supplements you take and make arrangements for a family member or friend to drive you home afterward.
You will not be able to drive on the date of procedure, but transportation can be provided to and from the hospital or surgical center.
After a specially trained doctor administers anesthesia, your orthopedic specialist makes an incision near your shoulder joint, removes diseased tissues if needed, and repairs or replaces the remaining tissues.
They can use robotic surgical tools or a thin, lighted tube with a camera attached to complete the procedure.
Your surgeon then closes the treatment area, applies dressings to it, and places your arm in a sling. Rotator cuff repair surgery lasts a few hours.
After surgery, you may be able to go home right away, but you will not be able to drive by yourself. Follow your surgeon’s instructions. Rest your shoulder joint, ice the treatment area, and avoid strenuous activity until your specialist says it’s OK.
Take medication as directed, wear your shoulder sling to reduce movement, and attend your physical therapy sessions to increase strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Complete recovery could take 4-6 months, but every patient is different.
Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn more about rotator cuff repair at Alliance Spine Associates, LLC.