Expertise and rankings

Members of Mayo Clinic's rotator cuff team

  • Clinical experience. Mayo Clinic's shoulder surgeons are recognized nationally and internationally for their surgical technical excellence and innovative abilities to solve both simple and difficult rotator cuff problems. Each year Mayo Clinic treats more than 5,000 people with rotator cuff injuries. Mayo Clinic shoulder and elbow surgeons are frequently asked to travel worldwide to educate other surgeons and to provide insight into the latest operative and nonoperative techniques.
  • Innovative methods. Mayo Clinic shoulder and elbow surgeons are at the forefront of new and innovative treatment options for injuries of the rotator cuff. Patient-specific surgical options, combined with advanced pain management and rehabilitation protocols, have helped our surgeons dramatically improve the lives of patients with difficult shoulder problems. Mayo Clinic surgeons have extensive depth and breadth of experience with reverse shoulder replacement.
  • New advances. Our surgeons and scientists collaborate in Mayo Clinic laboratories for biomechanics and motion analysis to develop new solutions that improve rotator cuff healing, speed rehabilitation and improve the outcomes for patients. At Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, specific rehabilitation protocols have been developed that can improve rotator cuff function to prevent injury in high-level athletes or facilitate return to high-demand activities for the weekend warrior. Innovative solutions such as tendon transfer surgeries have been developed to help patients with massive tendon tears deemed unfixable with traditional techniques.
  • Minimally invasive approach. Mayo Clinic shoulder surgeons are skilled in minimally invasive techniques. Many rotator cuff problems can be repaired with smaller incisions, less pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery than traditional surgery. For more extensive or difficult problems, Mayo Clinic shoulder surgeons are able to help patients choose the surgical approach that is most likely to succeed in solving their rotator cuff problem.
  • Coordinated care. The team approach is a hallmark of Mayo Clinic. For those patients with a rotator cuff problem, Mayo Clinic experts in shoulder surgery, sports medicine, nonoperative shoulder care and rehabilitation work collectively to diagnose and treat each shoulder problem in a timely fashion. Mayo Clinic's anesthesia team plays a major role in making the surgical experience as painless as possible by using nerve blocks accurately placed under ultrasound guidance. Consultations with doctors, testing and treatment can be most often coordinated in a single visit.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked highly performing for orthopedics.

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Aug. 12, 2017
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