Rotator Cuff Injury: Symptoms, Exercises & Repair by Dr Cherif Tadros
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Preparing for Rotator Cuff Surgery

1- Scheduling your procedure

The exact moment of your surgery will be confirmed by phone the day preceding your surgery, between 2PM and 6PM. If your surgery be schedule on a Monday, our clinic will call you on the preceding Friday. This information needs to be transmitted by phone. May you be out of reach on that day, thanks for calling the clinic directly to confirm your surgery time at 1-514-667-3383, extension 250, between 2PM and 6PM.

2- Find yourself an accompanying person

It is essential that an adult picks you up from the clinic after the surgery. Make sure that you also have someone available to stay with you for 24 hours after your surgery.  For logistic purpose, note that a rotator cuff surgery is expected to last about 2 hours but the exact duration obviously vary greatly according to the location and size of the cuff tear.

3- Accommodations

A rotator cuff operation is a day surgery so a night at the clinic is not required. If you need to plan for lodging close to the clinic, you can contact us directly for recommendations. We have preferential rates with hotels close by.

4- Personal care before the surgery

  • Take a shower and use an antiseptic soap on the night before and the morning of your surgery.
  • Brush your teeth and use mouthwash on the morning of your surgery.
  • DO NOT SHAVE the area to be operated at home; if necessary, the operated area will be shaved before your surgery;
  • Do not wear any make-up or nail polish
  • Leave all jewellery and other valuables at home
  • Do not wear contact lenses

5- Consumption and medication before the surgery

  • If you smoke, stop smoking at least 24 hours before the surgery in order to reduce bronchial secretions, which can lead to post-operatory complications
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before your surgery
  • Begin fasting at midnight on the night before your surgery. This includes food, water, chewing gum and hard candy
  • As per your surgeon’s instructions, stop taking certain medication (ex: Coumadin, Plavix, Aspirin or similar medications)
  • Unless your doctor instructs you to do so, avoid taking any anti-inflammatory drugs such as Anaprox, Advil, Motrin, Naprosin and do not take any natural products or supplements.
  • If you take medication, your pre op will determine the only medication to take with a sip of water.


6- Sickness before the rotator cuff repair surgery

If you have any of the following symptoms or conditions in the days leading up to your surgery, please advise the RocklandMD team by phoning (514) 667-3383 extension 250 as soon as possible:

  • Cold, flu, sore throat
  • Fever
  • Contagious illness or recent contact with a person suffering from a contagious illness such as the chicken pox
  • Confirmed pregnancy
  • Skin problems such as a rash or an infection.


7- Bring along at the clinic

Don’t forget to bring the following items with you to your surgery:

  • The pre-op document signed (dowload here the pre-op document)
  • Any medication you take at home in its original container (including asthma pump)
  • Any X-rays you have in your possession that are linked to your surgery
  • Your valid Medicare card (Carte d’assurance maladie) if you have one;
  • Your debit or credit card (Visa, MasterCard), or cash in the eventuality that you need to fill any prescriptions or to cover the cost of your rotator cuff surgery.

Your arrival at the clinic

  • The receptionist will welcome you, complete your admission to the clinic and finalize the payment of the cost of your rotator cuff repair if you have not already done so.
  • A member of our clinic will show you to the locker room for you to change. A bag will be given to you where you can store your personal belongings.
  • You will be shown to the operating room waiting area where a nurse will go over your file.
  • The anaesthesiologist and I, your orthopedic surgeon, will meet with you before your surgery to ask about your general health, answer any questions you may have and ask you to sign a consent form.


100, chemin Rockland,
Suite 115
Montreal (Quebec)
H3P 2V9, Canada
Phone: 1-866-677-3383
Fax: (514) 667-3834
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Important: Dr Cherif Tadros provides information on its website for educational purposes and to assure easy public access to health information. Information applicable to an individual medical condition or health-related problem should be discussed with your health care professional.

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