Rotator cuff repair is a common reason new patients visit our Bergen County office, serving patients throughout New Jersey. Torn rotator cuffs do not heal on their own, and surgery may be recommended to restore strength and function. Dr. David Rudman is a highly regarded surgeon with years of experience in sports medicine. His advanced training and commitment to continuing education allow him to offer the very latest techniques with a high level of practical skill and knowledge. If you are suffering with shoulder pain, or have received a diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff, you can learn more about your treatment options by scheduling a consultation with us today.
What is the Rotator Cuff?
The rotator cuff consists of a group muscles (including the teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, and subscapularis) which connect the humerus, or upper arm bone, to the scapula. These muscles help provide stability and strength to the shoulder joint. Without them it may be difficult to lift your arm and you may experience pain. Some patients only experierence night pain. When these muscles are torn, shoulder surgery may be required to treat pain and dysfunction.
The Rotator Cuff Repair Procedure
If the rotator cuff has been damaged, it can usually be surgically addressed with a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure that uses smaller incisions and sets the stage for faster healing. During the operation, Dr. Rudman may need to re-attach the tendon to the head of the humerus, or in the case of partial tears, trim and smooth tissue using a procedure called debridement.
After the procedure, patients are instructed to wear a special sling for up to six weeks to protect the shoulder from further injury and allow time for proper healing. Patients are also scheduled for follow-up care and monitoring to ensure that there are no complications or issues that need to be addressed. Typically, this means returning to the office for an appointment with Dr. Rudman on the first, third, and sixth week following surgery. If healing is progressing smoothly, patients can decrease their visits to once every six weeks until six months have passed.
Patients can expect to attend regularly scheduled physical therapy sessions to improve their range of motion and restore their strength. Patients can usually expect to return to normal activities within three months and return to sport by six months. However, Dr. Rudman always cautions his patients on the dangers of ignoring their limits, and he firmly believes that realistic expectations contribute to better surgical outcomes.
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Dr. Rudman is a talented orthopaedic surgeon who has helped hundreds of patients recover from bone and joint injuries. His impressive credentials and proven record of success are a direct result of his outstanding therapeutic and surgical skill. Dr. Rudman genuinely enjoys helping patients by reducing their pain and suffering, and restoring their quality of life. If you need help for a torn rotator cuff, or other injuries relating to the ACL, knees, and shoulders, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rudman today.