Does Rotator Cuff Surgery Hurt
People who have persistent pain or weakness in their shoulder should consult a doctor as soon as possible. In doing so, they are able to find out if they have a rotator cuff tear. Below are a few common, frequently asked questions about the tear and rotator cuff surgery.
• What is the rotator cuff? – It is a large tendon that has four muscles, which coalesce to form a cuff over the uppermost end of the arm, which is the head of the humerus. Those four muscles; teres minor, subscapularis, infraspinatus and supraspinatus originate from the scapula and wing bone. Altogether, they create one tendon component that interleaves on the larger tuberosity of the humerus.
• What does the rotator cuff do? – It helps to elevate and turn around the arm as well as to alleviate the ball of the shoulder contained in the joint.
• When should a person see a doctor to assess the shoulder? – A person who has injured his shoulder, chronic arm and/or shoulder pain should meet an orthopedic surgeon immediately. Several tests may need to be carried out to determine if there is a tear. Early detection may put off symptoms from setting in. Once a diagnosis is made, only then will the surgeon review both non-surgical and surgical options.
• When is surgery necessary? – Rotator cuff surgery is normally suggested if the patient has constant pain and/or weakness in his shoulder after some non-surgical treatments.
• Does surgery hurt? – During surgery, the patient will not feel anything. However, a patient should be prepared to feel some pain after rotator cuff surgery is completed. Generally, the post-surgery pain will persist for 48 hours.
• When is a patient allowed to get back to his normal activities? – Rehabilitation is recommended for patients who undergo surgery. It can take several weeks to a few months to get back to normal. However, if a patient’s daily job requires less hand movement, then he is allowed to go back to work within a few days. Nonetheless, physical therapy must continue.