Doctor, will my sleep improve after the rotator cuff surgery?


  • Mitchel Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
  • Erica Kholinne Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Trisakti, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, St. Carolus Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia



the rotator cuff surgery;, RCT;


A rotator cuff tear (RCT) is one of the most common causes of disability and shoulder pain, especially in older individuals due to age-related degeneration. It is not uncommon for patients to experience sleep disturbances due to aggravated pain at night. However, only around 15% of people may have an asymptomatic RCT.1

Sleep disturbance is a common finding in patients with RCT. A systematic review showed that only 11% of symptomatic rotator cuff patients were without sleep disturbances.2 The quality of sleep has become an important component of our health that requires attention in patients with a rotator cuff tear.
Unfortunately, in the field of orthopedics, sleep disturbances were considered trivial and underappreciated, perhaps due to many related conditions
that may contribute to sleep disturbances.


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