Rotator Cuff Surgeons in Spartanburg, SC, Duncan, SC, and Greenville, SC

What is Rotator Cuff Surgery?

Rotator cuff injuries stand as one of the leading causes of shoulder discomfort and dysfunction, affecting a wide range of individuals. While many rotator cuff injuries respond well to nonsurgical treatments, there are instances, especially with complete tears, where surgery is necessary for restoring shoulder health.

At Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Associates (CONA), our board-certified and fellowship-trained shoulder specialists leverage the most advanced surgical techniques to address rotator cuff injuries expertly, ensuring patients can return to their normal activities with improved shoulder function.

Understanding Rotator Cuff Surgery: Techniques and Approaches

Our CONA surgical team specializes in rotator cuff repair, employing techniques designed to reattach the torn tendon to the bone, restoring shoulder integrity. Depending on the specific nature and severity of the injury, one of the following surgical approaches may be recommended:

Minimally Invasive Surgery: This approach is favored for its reduced impact on surrounding tissues, leading to less post-operative pain and a faster recovery.

Mini-Open Surgery: Combining the benefits of minimally invasive techniques with a minor open procedure allows direct access to the rotator cuff with minimal disruption.

Open Surgery: Reserved for the most complex cases, this traditional approach provides comprehensive access to the shoulder, facilitating extensive repairs.

The choice of technique is carefully determined based on the patient’s unique condition, with a strong preference for minimally invasive methods due to their numerous advantages, including less trauma to the shoulder muscles, expedited recovery, and enhanced responsiveness to physical therapy.

Why Consider Rotator Cuff Surgery?

Rotator cuff surgery is particularly effective for patients suffering from complete tears where nonsurgical interventions have proven insufficient. These injuries, if left untreated, are unlikely to heal on their own, potentially leading to chronic pain, weakness, and limited shoulder mobility. 

Surgery offers a solution to these challenges and enables patients to resume their daily activities with minimal or no restrictions, significantly improving their quality of life. 

Rotator cuff surgery is recommended for complete tears that do not respond to nonsurgical treatments, aiming to restore shoulder function and alleviate pain.

What Can I Expect During Recovery From Rotator Cuff Surgery?

Recovery and rehabilitation are critical in achieving optimal outcomes following rotator cuff surgery. At CONA, we prioritize a personalized physical therapy program for each patient, focusing on gradually rebuilding shoulder strength, flexibility, and function.

Our dedicated physical therapists work closely with patients, guiding them through tailored exercises to support a swift and effective recovery. 

Adherence to the prescribed therapy regimen and post-operative instructions is vital, as patients committed to their rehabilitation process typically experience the best recovery results, returning to total activity with a rehabilitated and resilient shoulder.

The recovery timeline varies based on the surgical approach and the patient’s commitment to rehabilitation, with many returning to their routine activities within 4 to 6 months.

Rotator Cuff Treatment at Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurological Associates

Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Associates is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest standard of care, utilizing state-of-the-art surgical techniques for rotator cuff repair. 

Our team of shoulder specialists is here to guide you through every step of your journey towards recovery, ensuring you receive the comprehensive support and expert care you deserve. Call (864) 582-6396 or book your appointment online. We’re here to serve you in Spartanburg, Duncan, and Greenville, NC. 

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