The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that provide strength, stability, and support to the shoulder joint during motion. This muscle group enables the shoulder to rotate freely and lift the arm upward. Rotator cuff injuries can occur for many reasons. The risk of having a rotator cuff injury increases with age. Over time the tendons and muscles may become torn or damaged, leading to pain, weakness, and inflammation of the upper arm. When traditional non-surgical measures fail to relieve the pain, then rotator cuff surgery may be considered.


An arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. Dr. Goldberg uses a minimally invasive approach to repair the torn shoulder tendon. This allows patients to experience less pain than traditional open surgery and it does not require an overnight hospital stay.


Recovery after surgery often depends on the size and severity of the tear and the patient’s overall health. Participation in physical therapy is important to help strengthen and restore the shoulder’s mobility. Dr. Goldberg’s practice recommends a rehab protocol that encourages patients to perform specific exercises the first day after surgery and start physical therapy within a week of their operation. Implementing a rehab protocol, enables patients to return more quickly to their daily activities.

If you or a loved one has been experiencing shoulder pain, Dr. Goldberg can help assess and determine the best treatment options for you. He has performed over 2000 shoulder arthroscopic procedures, making him one of the most experienced surgeons in the Southwest Florida area. Additionally, he trains surgeons across the country on how to perform arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. Schedule an appointment today!

How long does it take to recover from Rotator Cuff Surgery?

Most people will go to physical therapy twice a week for eight to twelve weeks.

How does the doctor repair my rotator cuff?

This surgery is also performed arthroscopically, with a few holes in the shoulder where a camera is inserted so that the tendon can be repaired with small instruments. This is a minimally invasive surgery. We have a tremendous amount of experience and success performing this surgery with over two thousand Rotator Cuff repairs done.

How long is the recovery post Rotator Cuff Surgery?

Patients can go home the day of surgery and returning to the doctor’s office one week post surgery for stitches to be removed. Physical Therapy program at a therapist’s office that is convenient for you will begin usually one to two weeks post surgery and lasts eight to ten weeks and we will continue to see you in the office frequently until you are healed. Most patients can do simple daily activities right away.

How long will I be in a sling post Rotator Cuff surgery?

Most patients are in a sling for four weeks. Patients can remove the sling while seated to eat, write, use a keyboard, etc.

When can I drive after Rotator Cuff Surgery?

It is recommended that while in a sling driving can begin again around four weeks.

Is Rotator Cuff surgery painful?

Most of our patients will require prescription pain medicine for a few days post-surgery. We know that rotator cuff surgery has a reputation for being uncomfortable, but we try and take many steps to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible.

Will I need to sleep in a chair post Rotator Cuff Surgery?

Many patients feel more comfortable sleeping upright in a lazy-boy type chair or couch however you may sleep wherever is most comfortable.

How long will it take to recover and return to sports after Rotator Cuff surgery?

Typically patients can return to function and non-strenuous activities six to eight weeks post surgery. Return to sports activities about three months post-surgery.

When can I return to work post surgery?

For those patients with desk type positions often in one week post surgery. For those patients with strenuous types of jobs could be a bit longer.

Will I have anesthesia?

Most surgeries are performed with a combination of light general anesthesia and a regional anesthesia on the arm.

Will I have to use ice frequently after surgery?

Yes, you will need to ice the surgery site for thirty min every two hours. This will help to decrease swelling and pain. The ice regimen will help to make patients more comfortable.

What medications do I need to stop before surgery?

Your medications can be evaluated before surgery and discussed with your physician but baby aspirin or aspirin should be stopped one week before surgery. Other medications such as Plavix, Xarlto, Eliquis will be discussed individually.

How long until I can shower after surgery?

In most circumstances you can shower the evening after surgery or the next day.

Do you use Biologics or PRP?

We do have over ten years of experience using them successfully. Your doctor will discuss your specific case to see if biologics are the best choice.