When Is Rotator Cuff Surgery Recommended?

When I come out form the ultrasound examination knowing I have a tear in my rotator cuff I was in panic and I literally started to cry to my friend on the phone. I had no idea what kind of treatment the orthopedist is going to determine for me.

I immediately started to think about the worst option, going through surgery. I’ve never been through a surgery before and I was terrified of the thought of possibly going through one. In the end it turned out all I needed was physiotherapy and exercises, and I was very glad to hear that.

Who Does Need to Go Through Surgery in Case of a Rotator Cuff Injury?

The decision whether one should go through surgery or not is based on a few factors:

  • The extant of the injury
  • The patient’s health
  • The patient’s age
  • The general function of the shoulder

Usually a Rotator Cuff Surgery is Recommended in These Cases

  • You feel a tearing sensation
  • You hear a popping sound from the shoulder during an activity
  • You don’t feel any improvement after going through non-surgical treatments such as medications, physical therapy etc.
  • You feel weakness in the shoulder that interferes with your lifestyle
  • You feel ongoing pain that interferes with your lifestyle

If you feel any of the described above you need to consult your doctor as soon as possible.

About Molly Scott

Hi, my name is Molly and I used to suffer from a rotator cuff injury due to excessive workout at the gym. I tried different training programs to heal my shoulder pain. I fail to stick to any of them, accept for one program - The Rotator Cuff Recovery Kit. If you truly suffer from shoulder or rotator cuff injury, I don't recommend you to skip this program. You can read more about it here

2 Responses to “When Is Rotator Cuff Surgery Recommended?”

  1. What are the success percentage in this kind of surgeries ?

  2. Hi Phill

    I’m not a doctor, but I think that like in every surgery every case is unique.