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Rotator Cuff Surgery

A rotator cuff (shoulder) injury can occur due to wear and tear over time or sudden injury. When the injury is severe, surgery may be required. The Orthopedic Institute at Saint Francis Medical Center works with each patient to determine the best approach.

“During the surgery, we need to remove loose fragments of tendons from the shoulder,” says James M. Edwards, MD, orthopedic surgeon who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System. “Then, we may take out parts of the bone to make more room for the tendon, which we sew back together to repair the injury.”

James M. Edwards, MD
James M. Edwards, MD

Most often, surgeons at Saint Francis can perform the surgery arthroscopically, meaning they make several small incisions rather than one large incision. In some cases, however, minimally invasive surgery is not possible and open surgery is necessary. “After surgery, physical therapy at Saint Francis’ Outpatient Rehabilitation Services is important to regain shoulder function,” says Edwards.

For more information, call 573-331-3000.

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