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Rotator Cuff Surgery

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Under the name “rotator cuff” we understand a group of muscles and tendons stabilising the shoulder and responsible for its proper movement. Rotator cuff injury is a quite popular one and is suffered mostly by sportsmen and people working physically. However, people who do not exercise or work behind the desk may also suffer from rotator cuff tear which is hard to heal and may require a rotator cuff surgery.
Doctors tend to decide for rotator cuff surgery only if exercises for rotator cuff do not bring proper effects or in cases of the totally torn rotator cuff when it is impossible to regrow on its own.

Rotator Cuff Surgery Candidates

Most common candidates for a rotator cuff tear treatment are athletes practicing sports such as volleyball, polo, baseball, rugby, and others. This is because those disciplines put an emphasis on using arms and therefore create convenient circumstances for shoulder tendonitis as well as rotator cuff tear.
Shoulder tendonitis is a medical condition in which shoulder tendons often impact against each other, what results in micro damage which may lead with time to rotator cuff tear.

Am I Suitable for Rotator Cuff Surgery?

Many patients with partial rotator cuff tear are dissuaded from having a rotator cuff repair since it is highly possible that the damage will heal itself without serious medical intervention such as shoulder surgery. However, this decision is left to one’s doctors. If rotator cuff injury exercises do not solve the problem of injury and shoulder pain, rotator cuff tear treatment becomes a highly possible solution.

Preparing for Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator cuff injury treatment through a rotator cuff surgery requires a few preparations. The key issue is to inform your medical team about your other medical conditions and medicines you take for them. Some of them may affect the results of shoulder surgery, including popular ones like aspirin.
It is better to stop smoking and drinking before your torn rotator cuff surgery. Additionally, you will be asked to fast for some hours before rotator cuff repair.

How is Rotator Cuff Surgery Performed?

There are three ways of rotator cuff injury treatment, depending on the scale of rotator cuff injury as well as the experience of a doctor conducting it – some prefer open shoulder surgery while others put emphasis on shoulder arthroscopy.
• Open Shoulder Surgery – in open shoulder surgery doctors access the operation site through a large cut in one’s shoulder. Unaffected muscles are pushed aside and doctors proceed to reattach torn rotator cuff tendons.
• Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery – in shoulder arthroscopy doctors make a few small incisions, through which an arthroscope equipped with a camera as well as medical tools are inserted. Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair promises shorter shoulder surgery recovery time and lesser amounts of pain.
• Mini-open Repair – this type of rotator cuff tear surgery is a combination of advantages of both open should surgery and shoulder arthroscopy. Firstly an arthroscopy is performed to remove or repair tissues and then a middle-sized incision is performed in order to finish the shoulder surgery.

Rotator Cuff Surgery Summary

Anesthesia

General anesthetic

Hospital Stay

Patient may spend one night in hospital

Back to Work

Up to the case

Duration of Operation

1 to 3 hours

Number of Trips Abroad

1 trip

Rotator Cuff Surgery Recovery

Rotator cuff surgery recovery is not a complicated process. Initially, you will be asked to use a sling for about 4-6 weeks. Then, you will have to do rotator cuff repair exercises proposed by your medical team as a form of physical therapy. It is natural that you will shoulder pain after surgery. Nevertheless, it should be manageable with medications prescribed by your doctor.

Rotator Cuff Surgery Risks and Complications

While rotator cuff injury treatment through a shoulder surgery is a quite simple one, it may cause some complications, including bleeding and nerve damage. There is also a risk of infection, possible to be minimalised through arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.

Rotator Cuff Surgery Success Rates

There is no agreement among doctors as to how many rotator cuff surgeries finish with success. Some claim that torn rotator cuff treatment is successful in as much as 90% of all cases, why others estimate that rotator cuff success rate is only above 50%.

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Ethica Incirli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Indraprastha Apollo Hospital

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Carolina Medical Center

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108 Medical Chambers

London, United Kingdom
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Rotator Cuff Surgery Cost

Average Rotator Cuff Surgery costs are € 3,442, based on Rotator Cuff Surgery prices from 11 clinics. Cheapest Rotator Cuff Surgery cost is € 3,084 where Rotator Cuff Surgery prices can go up to € 3,800.

Rotator Cuff Surgery prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Rotator Cuff Surgery in Turkey is a popular option where Rotator Cuff Surgery costs as low as € 3,084.

Please note that the Rotator Cuff Surgery prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Rotator Cuff Surgery procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Rotator Cuff Surgery procedures. To receive a personalized Rotator Cuff Surgery quote, please click HERE.

Rotator Cuff Surgery FAQ

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Rotator Cuff – What Is It?

Rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons connected to one’s shoulder and allowing for its proper movement.

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Rotator Cuff Surgery – Is It Necessary?

No, in many cases rotator cuff pain or even rotator cuff tear may become better with time, without medical intervention. Only totally torn rotator cuff or atypical shoulder tendonitis may require a shoulder surgery.

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Shoulder Surgery – Which Type Is the Best?

It is hard to tell. In some cases, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is better, while for others rotator cuff injury should be dealt with through an open shoulder surgery.