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Brighton Hospital

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

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Why choose Nuffield Health Brighton Hospital for your shoulder (rotator cuff) surgery?

At Nuffield Health Brighton Hospital some of our expert orthopaedic consultants specialise in upper limb joint surgery. Ms Lisa Tourret and Mr Nirav Shah regularly perform rotator cuff shoulder surgery in Brighton, the procedure is performed via keyhole techniques and you can expect to be out of hospital the same day.

Even as a day case patient, you will still receive the excellent comfort and care that every patient experiences at Nuffield Health Brighton Hospital. Our private patient rooms are first-class, each room is clean and modern, fully equipped with Wi-Fi, a flatscreen TV and personal en-suite bathroom facilities.

During your stay, our attentive matron-led nursing team will look after you, practicing the highest standards of clinical care. If you want to find out more about rotator cuff surgery, feel free to come along to one of our complimentary orthopaedic open events or give us a call.

What happens during rotator cuff repair surgery?

  • Shoulder surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic
  • The procedure can be done arthroscopically (key hole surgery) using several very small incisions or (for larger tears) one open incision
  • Your surgeon will remove loose fragments from the area
  • They will ensure there is no impingement which might include shaving the bone or removing any bone spurs
  • After stitching the tear they will reattach the tendons to your upper arm.

After your rotator cuff repair at Nuffield Health Brighton Hospital

  • Immediately after your surgery you will be taken to the recovery area
  • Staff will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and breathing
  • If you are in any pain be sure and tell the recovery room staff 
  • When you are stable a nurse will take you to your room
  • Your arm will be in a sling.

Back in your private room

  • Once back in your room, our nursing team will continue to check on you to make sure you are recovering well
  • After you have recovered from any effects of the anaesthetic, you can have something to eat and drink
  • Be sure and tell us if you are in any pain
  • Our team in Brighton will help you get out of bed and begin to move around
  • A physiotherapist will teach you exercises to help you regain strength and flexibility.

Going home after rotator cuff repair surgery

  • If you have arthroscopic surgery you may be able to go home the same day of the procedure
  • Patients who have open surgery may need to spend one night in hospital. You will be given medication to control any post surgery pain
  • Any stitches or staples will be removed 10 - 14 days after your operation
  • You should continue to do the passive exercises as instructed by the physiotherapist until your followup appointment with your surgeon
  • 6 to 8 weeks after your surgery you may be given more active exercises and stretches
  • You should not engage in any strenuous exercise or activity without checking with your surgeon or physiotherapist
  • Be sure and discuss your return to work with your surgeon.

Most people make a good recovery and return to normal activities following rotator cuff repair. As with any surgery there can be complications:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (incision)
  • Scarring
  • Blood clots (DVT - deep vein thrombosis).

Specific complications of rotator cuff repair:

  • Continued stiffness and restricted movement
  • Damage to the tendons or muscles
  • Tendons tear again fail to heal
  • Nerve damage.