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Understanding the risks

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and complications. Your surgeon will discuss each potential complication of rotator cuff repair surgery in detail.


Although uncommon, infections are one of the most severe complications. This can occur around the time of surgery or later in your recovery. The treatment is complex, but the incidence is quite low.

Nerve Injury

Nerve injuries to the shoulder, arm, and hand are uncommon. This injury is usually temporary but can be permanent.

Blood Clots

Blood clots are also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). The formation of a blood clot is uncommon. Some patients are instructed to take medications (such as aspirin or a blood thinner) around the time of their surgery to decrease this risk. Your surgeon will let you know if this is necessary.

Stiffness and weakness

Stiffness can be a problem after your rotator cuff repair surgery. This can be minimized by fully participating in therapy after surgery.

Discuss with your doctor if surgery is right for you.