There are different approaches to rotator cuff repair surgery, and procedures can often be performed on an outpatient basis with the assistance of microsurgical and visualization technology. In most cases, the goal is to access the shoulder and fully or partially reattach the torn soft tissue to the bone. Depending on the nature of the procedure, different materials such as sutures and plastic rivets may be used to reattach the tendon.
In other situations, the surgeon may need to perform a cleaning, or debridement, of the shoulder if there are growths or inflamed tissue that is preventing the rotator cuff from healing properly.
After the procedure, the surgical team will provide full discharge and rehabilitation instructions. This will include guidelines on how to care for the incision and when to resume activities.