FMH-qualified orthopaedic surgeon - Shoulder specialist

Arthroscopic surgery: rotator cuff repair, shoulder stabilisation and shoulder prosthesis

Shoulder traumas, fractures and sports injuries

Consultation and surgical procedures

Management of pain and shoulder injuries

By Dr Steve Brenn, FMH-qualified surgeon in Lausanne

Shoulder problems due to degenerative diseases

Treatment for diseases of the joints or ligaments

Rotator cuff repair

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair

Definition and indications

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:

  • The supraspinatus tendon 
  • The infraspinatus tendon  
  • The subscapularis tendon 
  • The teres minor 

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When the rotator cuff tendons are damaged, shoulder mobilisation is painful with frequent nocturnal pain and loss of strength.

Sequence and length of hospital stay 

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.

Surgical risk

Infection: less than 0.5%
Stiffness: gentle physiotherapy or cessation of physiotherapy can help the treatment.

Surgical technique

Practical information

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