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A 55-year-old female asked:

Sarcoid lesions in marrow of humeral head and neck.small 4 mm tear of the anterior fibers of the supraspinatus tendon.rest of rotor cuff ok.-surgery?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
How much pain : Are you having? If you are in persistent pain and cannot use your shoulder or have night pain, typically the tear would be responsible and surgery might be indicated. Most docs have to see the MRI to determine need for surgery. If you have little pain and or are using the shoulder without too much problems you probably dont need surgery.
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Probably not: Difficult to say w/ out knowing symptoms, longevity of pain and an examination. Sarcoidosis aside... 4 mm footprint supraspinatus tears sounds partial thickness . May improve w/ rehab; may not... Get another opinion from an experienced ors who sees alot of shoulder patients and does good work.
Dr. Ronald Herring
Anesthesiology 17 years experience
I agree that I would not recommend surgery. Rehab is your best option.
Jul 1, 2014

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