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What does surgery for a rotator cuff injury entail?

What does surgery for a rotator cuff injury entail?

Attach cuff to bone.: A rotator cuff tear occurs when the tendon is torn off the bone. For the tendon to heal, it must be reattached to the bone. This is done arthroscopically with suture anchors. The anchors have sutures inside and are placed into the bone. The sutures are placed within the torn rotator cuff and tied down to the bone. The cuff is protected for 6 wks before therapy begins, 3-6 months for recovery. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Rotator Cuff (Definition)

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm ...Read more


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What can I expect from a shoulder surgery to repair labrum and rotator cuff?

What can I expect from a shoulder surgery to repair labrum and rotator cuff?

Varies: It varies somewhat based primarily on the severity of your rotator cuff tear; but in general it is an arthroscopic surgery that is highly successful.and with a relatively short recovery. ...Read more

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What is important to know for rehab after a rotator cuff repair?

What is important to know for rehab after a  rotator cuff repair?

Slow but steady: Recovery and rehab will vary widely depending on tear type, size, associated injuries, pre-operative function, post-operative goals, and repair type. In general, early treatment involves protection in a sling for 4-6 weeks and gentle range of motion exercises with eventual progression to strengthening exercises. Full recovery typically takes at least 3 months, but often can take 6-12 months. ...Read more

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What rehab is recommended for a labrum tear (without surgery)?

Depends: Depends on the symptoms of your labral tear and injury, and where the labral tear is. The labrum covers 360degrees( the entire glenoid). Anterior labral tears w/ no instability are treated differently than those w/ instability . Some labral tears in 40 yr. Old are asympomatic. Posterior labral tears @ the biceps tendon origin are frequently symptomatic.(slap tears). Need more info to answer q... ...Read more

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Please describe what a rotator cuff repair involves?

Please describe what a rotator cuff repair involves?

Reattachment of RC: In my hands 99% of rotator cuff repairs are performed arthroscopically (through small incisions with the help of a fiberoptic camera). Patients go home the same day and full recovery can take 3-12 months. Each repair is different and depends on the type of tear, but generally the rotator cuff tendon which has torn loose from the humerus (shoulder) bone is reattached using a combination of sutures. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a rotator cuff tear?

What is the recovery time for a rotator cuff tear?

3-12 months: By 3 months you should be doing most activities normally. Full healing and remodeling of the cuff tissue takes a full yr. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a rotator cuff full tear?

Repair: At 45 years old, you should absolutely seek out a shoulder specialist and have your rotator cuff repaired. The long term risk with leaving it unrepaired is substantial. You are likely to eventually get worsening function and secondary arthritis if you have an unrepaired cuff tear for more than a decade. If you were 75, not such a concern, but at your age, this should not be ignored. ...Read more

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Had shoulder surgery for what was thought to be a partial tear in rotator cuff. Why does the rotator cuff show some fray?

Fraying = Tearing: Your diagnosis and treatment so far are not fully clear from your question. Fraying is the same as tearing and it just depends on the severity. You can learn more here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/rotator-cuff-tear.Htm it is important to have a clear diagnosis and treatment plan prior to moving ahead with surgery. Get a second or third opinion if you aren't fully comfortable. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the rehab like for a mini open incision torn rotator cuff surgery?

Please help! what is the rehab like for a mini open incision torn rotator cuff surgery?

Mini open RCR: The rehab is usually stepwise with the initial therapy involving passive motion of the arm for about 6 weeks while the cuff heals, then active motion for another 4-6 weeks, then a strength program. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for rotator cuff injury?

Non-op 1st: The first line treatments of a cuff injury is non-operative with rest, tylenol, (acetaminophen) nsaid's, physical therapy, and possible cortisone injections. If these measures don't provide relief, surgery can be considered. If the tendon is torn, it is repaired. A repair can be performed either through a traditional open incision, a mini-open approach, or arthroscopically (through very small incisions). ...Read more

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What to expect from rotator cuff surgery combined with acj arthroplasty?

What to expect from rotator cuff surgery combined with acj arthroplasty?

Good result: Most of the time those two producers are combined together to achieve good result because most of the time there is involvement of both. ...Read more

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How do I know if surgery is necessary for a rotator cuff injury?

How do I know if surgery is necessary for a rotator cuff injury?

Many factors: Several factors play a part in the decision to proceed with surgery including the severity of symptoms, accurate physical exam by an orthopedic surgeon, size of the tear on mri, failed nonsurgical treatments, activity level and health of each individual patient. All of the above should be taken into consideration before surgery is planned. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a torn rotator cuff?

What is the best treatment for a torn rotator cuff?

It depends: Many people have degenerative rotator cuff tears as we mature. Non operative conservative treatment should be the first line of treatment. This often consists of NSAIDS, injection, and physical therapy. If conservative treatment fails or if an acute traumatic tear, operative treatment may be warranted. Ask your orthopaedic surgeon for more details. Good luck ...Read more

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What does a substantial tear in rotator cuff mean?

What does a substantial tear in rotator cuff mean?

Need more informatio: Is this in an MRI report? What context was it used? Generally speaking, tears are either partial thickness or complete. Substantial may be referring to the degree of "partial" tear or possibly, the number of tendons involved. I would need more information. ...Read more

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How much does an arrthroscopic surgery for a meniscal tear cost?

How much does an arrthroscopic surgery for a meniscal tear cost?

$2500-$7000: The total cost is somewhere between $2500 and $5000. That would include the 1) surgeon consultation, surgical fee, and followup visit, 2) surgery center or hospital fee, 3) anesthesiologist fee. There are sometimes cash rates available for the whole thing for about $2500 as well. These days, there is sometimes room for negotiation at certain centers where we could quote a bundled cash rate. ...Read more

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What amount of assistance does one need after rotator cuff surgery?

What amount of assistance does one need after rotator cuff surgery?

U wil need help: For the first 4 to 6 weeks I don't allow anybody to move the shoulder on their own so u will need help with many routine things ...Read more

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What can I expect from a rotator cuff repair surgery on the left shoulder?

Rest: A rotator cuff repair takes the torn end of the rotator cuff tendon and reattaches it to the bone with anchors and or sutures. The repair takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours. A period of rest after the surgery allows the tendon end to heal back to the bone. This can take between 6-12 weeks. Typically, you are given some rest, followed by gentle exercises for motion and strength. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about rotator cuff surgery combined with acj arthroplasty?

Rotator cuff: I assume you acromioplasty. Sometimes this is combined with rotator cuff surgery. This surgery involves removing a bone spur from the undersurface of the acromion ( part of the scapula) which may be pressure on the rotator cuff (impingement) ...Read more

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What kind of/how bad of damage will be done working with a torn rotator cuff?

What kind of/how bad of damage will be done working with a torn rotator cuff?

Rotator cuff tear: When a rotator cuff tears, it cannot heal spontaneously. If left not repaired, the tear can get larger, and can retract further away from bone. Ths makes eventual repair less predictable in terms of ability to repair, as well as healing of a repaired tendon. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Rotator Cuff Injury (Definition)

A condition in which the rotator cuff muscles (the fine motor-control muscles that allow the arm/elbow/hand to be placed in a specific position in space) are injured, causing ...Read more