Rotator Cuff Surgery

North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute -  - Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Clifton, NJ & Nutley, NJ

A rotator cuff injury can cause pain, stiffness, and severe motion restriction, making it nearly impossible to live your life normally. However, the good news is that expert orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Michael Russonella, DO, at North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Clifton, New Jersey, can help. Dr. Russonella performs rotator cuff surgery using state-of-the-art arthroscopic methods with small incisions. Book your rotator cuff surgery consultation online or by phone now.

Rotator Cuff Surgery Q & A

What is the rotator cuff?

The rotator cuff is the group of fused tendons and muscle tissue around your shoulder joint. Your rotator cuff helps keep your arm in the shoulder socket, and it plays an important role in arm movement.

Because the shoulder socket is a fairly shallow one, and because you use your arms so often, your rotator cuff is particularly prone to injury. Rotator cuff injury is one of the most common sports injuries today. It's also a common injury in middle age and beyond, due to normal wear-and-tear.


What are the signs of a rotator cuff injury?

The signs of a rotator cuff injury include:

  • Dull shoulder ache
  • Stiff shoulder
  • Shoulder joint popping when you move it
  • Shoulder joint locking up
  • Pain when you put any pressure on your shoulder
  • Difficulty in reaching above your head or backward

Take these symptoms seriously. Continuing to use your arm and shoulder normally can greatly aggravate your injury and possibly cause permanent damage.

How does rotator cuff surgery work?

Dr. Russonella performs the rotator cuff surgery. Dr. Russonella makes one to three very small incisions in the shoulder. He injects a sterile fluid that enhances his view of your shoulder and then inserts a miniature camera called an arthroscope into the main incision.

This arthroscope sends images directly to a nearby high-definition monitor, where Dr. Russonella can see your shoulder interior in detail. Dr. Russonella then inserts the additional surgical tools into the incisions to trim off damaged or loose ligament, bone, and other tissue that are causing problems.

Dr. Russonella then uses semi-permanent stitches or suture anchors to reattach your bone to your soft tissue or to repair soft tissue. Finally, Dr. Russonella closes your incisions using either small stitches or sterile strips.

What is recovery like after rotator cuff surgery?

Full recovery after rotator cuff surgery takes up to 4-6 months. Your physical therapy is an integral part of this process. By following recovery guidelines closely, you can gradually regain full function. The ultimate goal is for you to feel better than ever.

Use the online booking tool or call the office now to schedule your appointment.