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The rotator cuff is formed of four tendons and the adjacent muscles that attach your arm to the top of your shoulder blade, which gives the shoulder stability and control. Tears to the rotator cuff tendon can occur for many reasons including acute injury, overuse or normal age-related changes.

What are the benefits of rotator cuff repair surgery?

This surgery repairs the tear and positions the tendon in a location that will allow more normal movement mechanics of the shoulder once healing has occurred.

Is rotator cuff repair surgery right for me?

The decision to have a rotator cuff repair will be a joint decision between you and your orthopedic surgeon. There are many factors that influence this decision and our clinicians will guide you through this process.

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. The surgeon will repair the tear allowing to it heal over time.

After your rotator cuff repair

Immediately after your surgery you will be taken to the recovery area. When you have fully woken up from the anesthetic a nurse will take you to your room. Your arm will be in a sling for a length of time to allow the shoulder to begin healing in a comfortable position.


Our team of specialist physiotherapists will provide expert treatment, rehabilitation and advice during your hospital stay, and if appropriate follow-up as an outpatient to support your full recovery.

Short-term Recovery

You will go home once you are able to mobilise safely and you are medically fit. You will discuss the length of your hospital stay and any concern with the consultant prior to the operation.

Long-term Recovery

Your recovery will be guided by physiotherapists and follow up consultations with your surgeon.

Find out more about Shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repair)

Shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repair) consultants at Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew's Hospital

Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew's Hospital

38 Giltspur Street, London, EC1A 7BS

020 3386 9000

There are several bus stops within walking distance of the hospital. The closest rail and tube stations are City Thameslink - 5 min walk, Barbican - 5 min walk, Elizabeth line at Farringdon - 3 min walk. Car parking is available in Smithfield Car Park nearby.

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