If you have a rotator cuff injury, your doctor might recommend surgery if your tendon doesn't heal on its own. Tendon injuries sometimes heal with rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy. If you continue to have pain or limited range of motion in your shoulder, surgery might be necessary. Here's a look at the two basic types of rotator cuff surgery.
Open surgery is done when you have a bad tear or if the tear is complicated and the doctor needs to move your muscle out of the way to repair the tendon.