Rotator Cuff Tear Surgery is Less Fun the 2nd Time AroundThis is a featured page

Rotator cuff tear surgery is sometimes the best and only way to fix a major problem. Unfortunately, the recovery process can be long, grueling and possibly even more painful than the original tear. Inasmuch, it's not at all uncommon for people to put prevention of future injuries high on their "to do" lists following surgery.

Rotator Cuff TearCuff tear surgery tends to occur in one of two main ways, depending on the severity of the tear. The basic premise involves cutting into the skin and deltoid muscle to gain access to the damaged tendon and bone. The tendon is reattached to the bone by the surgeon for functionality. During the procedure, a surgeon may also correct other problems that are spotted, such as the removal of bone spurs. The two main procedures that are used for rotator cuff tear surgery are:

* Arthroscopic - This type of surgery involves the use of a small, pen-shaped tool with a video camera attached to the end. During arthroscopic rotator cuff tear surgery of this kind, the incision tends to be very small and the risks lowered.
* Open surgery - This involves a much more complicated procedure that can have higher risks. It is, however, more commonly used for repairing tears since greater access to the shoulder is often required. The recovery after open surgery tends to be longer and more fraught with complications.

Rotator cuff tear surgery can prove to be very successful in repairing problems. It is, however, quite important to prevent further injuries and the need for additional surgery. To do so, patients are advised to:

* Pay heed to all post-surgical orders - Wearing a sling, taking medications and taking care to prevent overexertion of the newly repaired shoulder can be vital for preventing further rotator cuff injury from happening. The post-surgical need to wear a sling can run from about six to 12 weeks.
* Submit to physical therapy - Rebuilding shoulder strength following rotator cuff surgery is an arduous process. Physical therapy can be required for quite some time and generally begins within a day or two of the actual procedure. When physical therapy is properly employed, preventing future problems that may require rotator cuff tear surgery again is often quite possible. It can also speed up the recovery process.



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