The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. The rotator cuff is considered to be the engine of the shoulder and consists of:
When the rotator cuff tendons are damaged, shoulder mobilisation is painful with frequent nocturnal pain and loss of strength.
People are hospitalised on the day of the operation .
The operation is carried out with interscalene catheter placement, more or less under general anaesthesia.
The procedure lasts around 1h30 and is done with shoulder arthroscopy, which uses 3 to 6 small 5-mm-sized incisions.
On the first post-operative day, patients start the programme of physiotherapy twice daily.
The interscalene catheter will be gradually removed.
The hospital stay is 3 nights / 4 days.
On returning home:
Change of dressings twice a week at the surgery of the treating physician or at the outpatient clinic.
Outpatient physiotherapy twice a week.
Removal of the stitches 15 days after the operation at the surgery of the treating physician or at the outpatient clinic.
Next check-up at Dr Steve Brenn's surgery is 6 weeks postoperatively.
The rate of healing from a rotator cuff repair varies with age.
More than 90% of patients under 55 and more than 70% in patients over 65.
The main aim is to relieve the pain and improve function.
Infection: less than 0.5%
Stiffness: gentle physiotherapy or cessation of physiotherapy can help the treatment.