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A 47-year-old member asked:

I have 7 x 4 x 3mm tear in the subscapularis & mild calcific tendonitis of the tendon--will this need surgery?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
It depends: The decision of whether to do surgery on the rotator cuff depends on many factors: 1) level of pain 2) loss of function 3) success of nonsurgical treatments 4) patient's age 5) occupation and a few others. This would likely be considered a partial tear. Nonsurgical treatment could include anti-inflammatories, relative rest, physical therapy and various types of injections.
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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Tear: There is a chance that can heal without surgery. You also need to know from the MRI if this is a complete or partial tear which can change the outcome.
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