Shoulder Surgery

Operative treatment of the rotator cuff

What is it?

The most common conditions that affect the shoulder and may require operative treatment are tears of the rotator cuff particularly supraspinatus tendon, subacromial impingement, arthritis affecting the glenohumeral or acromioclavicular joint , instability ie recurrent dislocation and biceps pathology.

What’s involved?

All these conditions present differently so it’s important the shoulder be assessed clinically and appropriate investigations performed depending on the clinical exam.

Your local doctor is likely to have ordered some tests beforehand however it’s possible more investigations maybe necessary which will be determined by Dr Stening.

It’s important the shoulder be assessed clinically and appropriate investigations performed depending on the clinical exam.

Post-Operative Information

A sling is generally worn from 2 – 6 weeks post operatively depending on the surgery performed and physiotherapy is organized as per Dr Stening’s operative protocols .

Generally patients stay overnight and then reviewed at 2 weeks in Dr Stening’s rooms to check wound healing and to arrange appropriate physiotherapy. You will be unable to drive while your arm is in a sling.

Precautions

  • Do not remove your arm from the sling for any movements other than shoulder pendular exercises and elbow movements for the first 2 weeks post operatively. The hospital physio will instruct you regard pendular movements prior to discharge.
Shoulder Surgery