Rotator Cuff Repairs Specialist

Timothy Wilson, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Timothy Wilson, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Shoulder & Knee Specialist located in Lexington, KY

If you experience a weak shoulder or pain when lifting your arm, chances are you have a rotator cuff injury, a condition that requires prompt treatment to prevent the tear from getting progressively worse. Timothy C. Wilson, MD, in Lexington, Kentucky, begins your treatment with conservative therapy whenever possible. When surgical repair is needed, Dr. Wilson has extensive experience performing minimally invasive arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature today.

Rotator Cuff Repairs Q & A

What causes a rotator cuff tear?

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and their associated tendons. These soft tissues hold your upper arm, the humerus, in the shoulder socket, while supporting the arm’s full range of motion.

Rotator cuff tears often occur from degenerative damage that develops due to daily wear and tear and repetitive movement. You may also suffer an acute injury from a fall or by lifting something that’s too heavy.

What symptoms indicate you may need a rotator cuff repair?

A torn rotator cuff causes symptoms such as:

  • Pain when resting
  • Pain when lifting and lowering your arm
  • Difficulty using your arm 
  • Shoulder weakness 
  • Crackling sensations when moving your shoulder

An acute injury typically causes intense, immediate pain and a snapping sensation.

How is a rotator cuff repaired?

Dr. Wilson treats all shoulder injuries, including revision surgery for individuals whose previous surgery has failed. He has 18 years of experience repairing shoulder injuries using minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery.

Arthroscopic surgery is done using narrow instruments inserted through small incisions. As a result, you have less bleeding and trauma and a faster recovery.

If you have a mild rotator cuff tear, Dr. Wilson may recommend activity modification and wearing a sling to hold your shoulder in one position while the tissues heal. He may treat inflammation with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or a steroid injection. Physical therapy is also important to rebuild your shoulder’s strength and improve flexibility.

A torn rotator cuff may need surgery when:

  • You have a large or complete tear
  • You use your arms for overhead sports or work
  • Your symptoms last 6-12 months
  • You have ongoing weakness and loss of shoulder function
  • Your tear was caused by an acute injury

When your tear requires surgery, Dr. Wilson trims and cleans the injury and reattaches the tendon to the humerus. Surgery is often the only way to regain optimal strength and range of motion following a serious rotator cuff tear.

Dr. Wilson also uses the REGENETEN™ Bioinductive Implant by Smith+Nephew. After he places the product on a torn rotator cuff, the implant stimulates your body’s natural healing response, promoting new tendon growth and stopping disease progression.

If you need help for shoulder pain, call Timothy C. Wilson, MD, or schedule an appointment online.