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Do you need general anesthesia for rotator cuff surgery?

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Open tendon repair and arthroscopic repair can be done under general anesthesia, which allows you to sleep through the whole thing. They can also be done with a “regional block,” which allows you to stay awake while your arm and shoulder stay numb.

You can talk to your doctor ahead of time about the type of anesthesia you prefer.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/OrthoInfo: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgical Treatment Options,” “Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Injury.”

UW Medicine Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Arthroscopic shoulder surgery for the treatment of rotator cuff tears.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgery and Exercise,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Rotator Cuff Repair.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 28, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/OrthoInfo: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgical Treatment Options,” “Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Injury.”

UW Medicine Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Arthroscopic shoulder surgery for the treatment of rotator cuff tears.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgery and Exercise,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Rotator Cuff Repair.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 28, 2017

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