Possible Complications of Rotator Cuff Surgery

What is Rotator Cuff?

Rotator cuff is an anatomical structure formed by four muscles and their tendons. These four muscles include supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and sub-scapularis. The position of these muscles is such that they appear to cover the shoulder joint in a cuff like structure, thus the name rotator cuff.

Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator cuff surgery includes any surgical procedure intended at repairing damage to any of the muscles or tendons involved in formation of the rotator cuff.  For undergoing arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery in Mumbai, visit some of the best orthopedic hospitals in the city.


The most common indications of rotator cuff surgery are:

  • Severe trauma to shoulder joint and adjoining structures.
  • Muscular tear
  • Ruptured tendon
  • Degeneration of rotator cuff muscles


Modern techniques of performing rotator cuff surgery include minimal invasion and smaller surgical incisions. Orthopedic surgeons repair the tear in the muscle or tendon and strengthen the rotator cuff using minimally invasive methods.


For pre-operative consultation visit the top shoulder specialists in Mumbai.

Complications After Rotator Cuff Surgery

There is no surgical or medical procedure that comes with a guarantee of no complications or side effects. Doctors take complete precaution to avoid even the slightest inconvenience to patients during and after any surgery. However, despite the best efforts there is possibility that medical complications of varying degree may occur.

Some of the complications associated with rotator cuff surgery are described below:

  • Hemorrhage

Mild to moderate bleeding occurs during every surgical procedure. Sometimes patient may have significant blood loss which requires immediate medical intervention. Massive blood loss is termed as hemorrhage. Blood that matches the patient’s group and type is always kept handy before any surgery to avoid side effects of hemorrhage.


  • Muscular Stiffness

Muscles of the rotator cuff may develop stiffness after surgery. This may occur if the muscles are damaged due to the surgical instruments used. Newer and more advanced methods employed for surgery prevent this complication from occurring.


  • Pain in the Shoulder

Post-surgical inflammation commonly causes pain in the shoulder joint. This pain usually subsides within few days of surgery after the inflammation reduces. However, if the pain does not subside or increases it is advisable to consult with your surgeon immediately. A course of pain relief and anti-inflammatory medicines often help with this complication.


Complications associated with rotator cuff surgery can be treated with timely medical intervention. See your doctor immediately if you are experiencing any discomfort even after complete recovery after rotator cuff surgery. In order to avail complete pre-surgical and post-surgical medical support consult an experienced orthopedic surgeon for arthroscopic shoulder surgery in Mumbai.


We at Dr. Amyn Rajani's Clinic (OAKS Clinic) do Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair and follow and excellent rehabilitation protocol and hence even these complications are avoided.

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