What is a rotator cuff repair?
The rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons that immediately surround the shoulder joint. These four muscle-tendon groups originate from the scapula (shoulder blade) and attach to the ball of the humerus (upper arm bone). These muscles and tendons are responsible for providing shoulder stability and active shoulder motion. Damage to the rotator cuff can result from a sports-related injury, a fall on an outstretched hand, or tearing associated with age related tendon degeneration. Rotator cuff injuries range from inflammation (tendonitis), partial tears, or complete severing of the tendons from their attachment site on the humerus. Surgical repair of the rotator cuff is very effective at relieving pain and dysfunction; surgery is most often needed in the cases of recalcitrant inflammation associated with partial tears and complete rotator cuff tears. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic shoulder surgeon, treats patients in Manhattan, New York City, and the surrounding New York boroughs who need a surgical rotator cuff repair.