The rotator cuff is one of the most critical structures in the shoulder for complete mobility and comfort, yet one of the most easily damaged through injury and the natural aging process. Dr. Michael Bercik and our team at the Lancaster Orthopedic Group Mt. Joy location specialize in rotator cuff repair. Residents of Lebanon, PA, should waste no time making their first appointment today.

Rotator Cuff Repair Lebanon, PADr. Michael Bercik has studied specialized shoulder repair and complex techniques under world-renowned shoulder surgeons Dr. Gilles Walch and Professor Simon Bell. Under Dr. Gilles Walch at the Centre Othopédique Santy in France, Dr. Bercik focused on the shoulder and elbow ailments to learn the most modern techniques in this type of medicine. He followed this by completing his fellowship at the Melbourne Shoulder and Elbow Centre at Monash University. He continues to broaden his experience in shoulder and elbow rehabilitation and surgery.

Dr. Bercik has demonstrated his clinical ability and patient care standards outside of his fellowships through every interaction he has with patients. He received the Mark D Chilton award for outstanding patient care and the Orthopaedic In-training Examination award for achieving the highest score in his residency.

What is the Rotator Cuff?

A rotator cuff is a group of four muscles whose tendons join to cover the top of the shoulder. The rotator cuff allows the arm to have mobility, such as rotating and lifting. Because of the delicate nature of the shoulder joint, dislocation and injury are more common in the shoulder than in other joints.

Who Is Most At Risk for Rotator Cuff Injury?

For people under 60, the rotator cuff tendons are usually strong and healthy. Because of the high ability of these tendons to repair themselves in young patients, injuries can often heal without the need for surgery. For these patients, tears most commonly come from sports such as baseball or swimming or traumatic impacts such as car accidents.

For patients over 60, rotator cuff injuries have become increasingly common. In fact, up to half of the people in this age group have some degree of rotator cuff injury, though most are without symptoms. Despite lower healing rates in this age range, repair and rehabilitation are successful in over 90% of patients. While fewer rotator cuff injuries can still be treated with only physical therapy, surgical intervention is common if conservative treatment methods are ineffective. When designing a treatment plan, it is essential to consider both age and activity level to determine the most beneficial approach.

What Happens After a Rotator Cuff Repair?

After a rotator cuff repair, you will be given pain relievers, immobilization of the area, and a physical therapy regime for the following 6-12 months. You will need to keep the surgical site dry and clean to avoid infections, and you will bathe carefully until the stitches or surgical tape is removed.

What Should I Watch Out for Post-Surgery?

Post-surgery, you will watch for any signs of fever or chills, redness around the area, increased swelling, increased pain at the incision site, numbness or tingling of the hand, and drainage from the incision site. If you experience any of the following, it is essential to contact your physician.

Let’s Get Started!

In Lebanon, PA, Dr. Michael J Bercik and our team at Lancaster Orthopedics are residents’ first choices for high-quality shoulder surgery and rotator cuff repair. We are experienced in the latest methods and technology and ensure patients feel confident during every step of the process. To begin today, schedule an appointment at our Mt Joy location.