Rotator cuff repair - shoulder treatments

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and their tendons which stabilise the shoulder or help keep the joint in the correct position and control shoulder movements.

The tendons weaken and develop small tears as part of the normal ageing process. However, either through an accident or a more aggressive form of ageing, a large tear can form which weakens the shoulder and makes it painful to move.

A rotator cuff repair would usually involve opening up the space above the tendons (subacromial decompression) and either repairing the tears or re-attaching the tendon to the bone.

The repair involves using special anchors to re-attach the torn tendon onto the bone. The operation would normally be carried out using keyhole surgery, through several small incisions (3-4mm in length) around the shoulder. Most patients would be given a general anaesthetic for the procedure.

Consultant headshot

Mr Christopher Brooks

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Consultant headshot

Mr Hemant Thakral

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Get in touch with Benenden Hospital

You can access treatment in a number of ways, as a self-paying or privately insured patient, a Benenden member, or as an NHS patient. In all cases, you just need to ask your GP to refer you to Benenden Hospital. For general enquiries, contact us below.

You can access treatment in a number of ways, as a self-paying or privately insured patient, a Benenden member, or as an NHS patient. In all cases, you just need to ask your GP to refer you to Benenden Hospital. For general enquiries, contact us below.