Rotator Cuff Repair

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Rotator Cuff Repair services offered in Upper East Side, New York and White Plains, NY

Each year, more than 200,000 Americans undergo rotator cuff repair surgery. At Andrew D. Pearle, MD, board-certified orthopedic knee surgeon Dr. Pearle and nurse practitioner Emma Jane Smith boast years of experience performing rotator cuff repair. They can relieve the pain and restore your shoulder’s range of motion using minimally invasive techniques. To make an appointment on the Upper East Side in New York City, or in White Plains, New York, call the nearest office or book online today.


Q&A

What is rotator cuff repair?

Rotator cuff repair is a type of orthopedic surgery that reattaches a torn or ruptured tendon to the top of your upper arm bone. By repairing the tendon, Dr. Pearle can limit the pain, restore your shoulder’s range of motion, and improve your quality of life.  

Who is a candidate for rotator cuff repair surgery?

You might be a candidate for rotator cuff repair surgery if you have a torn rotator cuff and it doesn’t respond to at-home treatments, like ice, rest, and anti-inflammatory medication. That’s especially true if:

  • Your symptoms last longer than six months
  • The tissue around your rotator cuff is relatively healthy
  • You experience significant shoulder weakness
  • You can’t brush your teeth, comb your hair, or reach for objects

You might also benefit from rotator cuff repair if you experience an acute shoulder injury while playing sports or working.

What does rotator cuff repair surgery involve?

Dr. Pearle performs rotator cuff repair at the hospital or surgical suite. The procedure is minimally invasive, but you’re placed under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort.

After you fall asleep, Dr. Pearle makes a small incision above your shoulder joint. Then, he inserts an arthroscope –– a thin tube with a light and a high-definition camera on the end.

The arthroscope provides a live video feed that Dr. Pearle views on a TV monitor in the operating room. He uses the feed to guide the surgical instruments and repair your rotator cuff. After making the repairs, Dr. Pearle removes the surgical tools, closes the incision, and moves you to a recovery room for observation.

What is recovery like after rotator cuff repair?

You can return home on the same day as your rotator cuff repair surgery. That said, it takes several hours for the anesthesia to wear off, so you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home.

During the first several days of recovery, it’s normal to experience pain, swelling, and bruising. Take your medication, follow Dr. Pearle’s recovery instructions, and attend each check-up.  

After about 4-6 weeks, you can stop wearing a splint. Then, you enroll in physical therapy. Physical therapy teaches you stretches and exercises you can use to build strength and enhance your shoulder’s range of motion.

To learn more about the benefits of rotator cuff repair, make an appointment at the practice of Andrew D. Pearle, MD, by calling the nearest office or booking online today.