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Rotator Cuff Repair

The Rotator Cuff is a group of muscles which wrap closely around the shoulder joint, helping to keep the joint in the correct position and control shoulder movements. The muscles attach from the shoulder blade to the top of the arm bone. They can be damaged through general wear and tear or after an accident / fall.

The damage usually occurs close to the tendon attachment to the bone. Damage to one or more of these muscles / tendons can therefore lead to a loss of shoulder movement and the shoulder becomes weak and painful.

The operation aims to repair the damage to the rotator cuff. The torn muscles/tendons are repaired with sutures or suture anchors depending on the site and size of damage. The operation can be done either arthroscopically (i.e. key-hole surgery’) or through an open incision. The exact approach to be used will be discussed with you prior to the surgery and will be determined by a number of factors including the size and the type of tear involved.

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