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Tees Hospital

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 360 100
Enquiries 01642 360 100
Physiotherapy 03450454845
Appointments 01642 367404
Treatment options & prices 01642 367 439
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Why choose Nuffield Health Tees Hospital for our rotator cuff repair treatment?

At Nuffield Health Tees Hospital our experienced upper limb orthopaedic surgeons are experts in shoulder surgery and regularly help patients through rotator cuff repair treatment. Our leading shoulder consultants have built a robust reputation in County Durham for their excellent surgical success and patients can expect to go home the same day as surgery.

During your stay at Nuffield Health Tees Hospital our attentive matron-led nursing team will look after you, practicing the highest standards of clinical care. Even as a day case patient, you will still get to experience our exemplary patient facilities.

Every valued patient is provided with a spacious en-suite private bedroom, featuring a widescreen TV, radio and unlimited wireless internet to ensure your comfort and entertainment before and after surgery.

If you are a little unsure about rotator cuff repair and want to find out more, feel free to attend one of our complimentary orthopaedic open events. Here you will get the opportunity to meet a shoulder surgeon, learn and ask any questions you may have about the hospital or procedure.

How to book a consultation at Nuffield Health Tees Hospital

If you are suffering from shoulder pain and want to discuss your treatment options with one of our consultants in Tees, you will need to book a private consultation via our dedicated enquiry team on 01642 924638.

Please let the enquiry handler know if you have had any recent X-rays or scans when booking your consultation, as there will be additional charges for any diagnostic imaging needed.

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 Tees 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 Tees will help you get out of bed and begin to move around
  • 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.
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