Conditions such as arthritis or situations where an injury impacts a patient’s shoulder area may lead to a problem that affects the rotator cuff. This is the portion of the shoulder that helps keep the upper arm bone in the shoulder socket, specifically with the tendons and muscles. However, if there is a rip, tear, or other conditions that impacts the shoulder joint, a patient might need rotator cuff surgery to fix the problem.
What is rotator cuff surgery?
The rotator cuff surgery is a procedure performed by Drs. Peter Holmes and Kathren McCarty to stabilize the shoulder socket and improve a patient’s ability to lift and rotate the arms from this joint. Rotator cuff surgery used to be extremely invasive and leave behind significant scars, but now, orthopedic surgeons can now utilizes an arthroscope for a more comfortable and effective restoration of the shoulder socket.
What can I expect from recovery?
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with undergoing procedures such as rotator cuff surgery. This includes the risk of infection or other complications that can’t be avoided. Our team will educate patients on what to expect from their recovery and healing process after their procedure, including information regarding ways to reduce the risk of infection and problems that may happen after the procedure has concluded. Patients will need to closely follow the after-care instructions given to them from our team to facilitate fast and effective healing from this and other surgical procedures that may be performed at the same time. We often recommend taking time off of work, social activities, and exercise until the patient has had their follow-up appointment and has been given the green light to resume these activities safely. Patients may also schedule several weeks or months of physical therapy to gain back strength, mobility, and range of motion to the area after the surgery.
Are you interested in rotator cuff surgery?
Find out if you are a candidate for this procedure and discuss the recovery expectations by calling Drs. Peter Holmes and Kathren McCarty of Schertz and San Antonio, TX. Our providers are here to help patients understand the options available to them when it comes to relieving pain and improving function of many different areas of the body. Call one of our two office locations to request an appointment. Our facilities offer services to both new and established patients to our practice.