Rotator Cuff Surgery
Rotator cuff surgery is the repair of inflammation or tears of the rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder due to the tendons being rubbed against the bone above from chronic misuse or injury. The tears and inflammation associated with rotator cuff injury occur in the region near where these tendon/muscle complexes attach to the humerus (upper arm) bone. A tendon is a strong cord which joins a muscle to a bone. It enables the bone to move when the muscle contracts. The rotator cuff is the group of tendons over the top of the shoulder joint that make your arm move. There are four tendons in the rotator cuff, and these tendons are attached individually to the following muscles: teres minor, subscapularis, infraspinatus and the supraspinatus. Having a torn rotator cuff causes pain when the arm is used. A person may not be able to do certain things, like lift their arm above shoulder height.