Rotator cuff surgery in Burr Ridge

Also serving Plainfield, Morris and surrounding areas

Procedure Arthroscopic, Outpatient
The torn rotator cuff is sutured back into its normal position using the scope
Duration1.5 hours–2 hours
Recovery Recovery will vary depending on the size of the tear 4–6 months
Return to work will depend on type of work
Return to sports will vary from 4 months to 8 months depending on age and type of sport

Rotator Cuff Surgery

Most patients with complete tears will require surgical re-attachment of the torn rotator cuff muscle. The rotator cuff is like any other muscle in the body. When it is torn or detached from its normal position, it will atrophy (shrink) and will not function properly. The rotator cuff once torn does not heal on it’s own.  Rotator cuff surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and is done in a minimally invasive fashion using the arthroscope and 1cm incisions. Rehabilitation after surgery is dependent upon the amount of damage repaired and may last from 3–6 months.

Non-surgical treatment of the Rotator Cuff

Treatment will depend on the severity of injury. In the case of a partial tear or injury to the rotator cuff, many patients will improve with a directed physical therapy program alone.

More about Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles deep in the shoulder joint that provide motion for the ball and socket and help to maintain the stability of the joint. Injury to the rotator cuff is painful and may cause dysfunction of the shoulder, especially with overhead movement. Causes for injury may include falls, throwing injuries, repetitive activities, and overhead lifting activities.

The rotator cuff is comprised of the following muscles: Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Subscapularis, and Teres Minor. Together this group of muscles holds the ball into the socket. The most common muscle to tear is the Supraspinatus. It becomes detached from the ball of the shoulder joint and causes pain and lack of normal movement for the shoulder. The pain will generally travel down from the top of the shoulder along the upper /outer arm. The pain will be worse when reaching or overhead movement and typically will cause difficulty with sleep. Some tears are only Partial and, in essence, frayed, but not completely separate from the ball. Many of these can be treated with non-invasive treatment such as physical therapy, medication and sometimes injections. Complete tears indicate a separation of the muscle from the ball and these typically require surgery.

Schedule an Appointment Today

As a premier Naperville orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. David Burt understands the pain and discomfort that can be caused by a rotator cuff tear. He is committed to providing patients with the most advanced treatments available, to help them recover and resume their active lifestyle. Other shoulder injuries that Dr. Burt treats include shoulder dislocations and labral tears. To schedule a consultation at the Midwest Sports Medicine Institute, contact our Burr Ridge office by calling (630) 455-2000, our Plainfield office at (815) 267-8825, or our Morris office at (815) 941-1885.

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