The rotator cuff surgery is a shoulder surgery, which includes reattaching the gathering of the four muscle tendons covering the arm bone (humerus) and helping in the rotation and lifting of one's arm.
Rotator cuff tears can happen during:
The rotator cuff muscles tear could be complete or partial depending on whether the muscle tendon is completely or partially detached from the humerus.
In a private hospital or a corporate hospital the cost of surgery may vary from 1.5 to 2 lakh rupees. This does not cover the physiotherapy charges. Though minimal invasive arthroscopic rotator cuff repair may be priced slightly higher, the cost in terms of hospitalization and reduced post op complications compensates for the cost.
Arthroscopic repair is an outpatient (OP) procedure and patient can go home the same day. An open rotator cuff treatment requires upto 5 days depending upon the patient postoperative status.
Some commonly found torn rotator cuff symptoms are:
1. Nerve injury can result rarely during the procedure especially in the open methods.
2. Deltoid detachment-The muscle that has been cut needs to be protected till it heals completely.
Infection-Antibiotic coverage is usually required especially in the open surgical methods. Nowadays, with good infection control practices, it is becoming rare.
Good pain management, rotator cuff tear exercises and rest of the limb are required for the first 2 weeks during which passive physiotherapy is recommended to prevent stiffness.
8-12 weeks of good active physiotherapy should be done for complete recovery of the movements of the shoulder. Keeping active and following the doctors advise regarding exercise regimen is important:
Dos and Don'ts
1. What happens if I leave a rotator cuff injury without taking treatment?
Answer - You may develop increasing stiffness and disability of your arm and shoulder, which may result in requirement of shoulder replacement.
2. I am a diabetic. Can I go in for surgery?
Answer - You certainly can, provided your blood sugars are under control. Infection risk in your case is high but it can be minimized with preoperative antibiotic coverage.