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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can a rotater cuff injury require surgery?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: But this depends on the type and severity of the injury. See an orthopedist for an evaluation.
Dr. Marc Schneider
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
It depends: There is a spectrum of rotator cuff disease from tendinitis to partial to complete tears. Frequently, tendinitis and partial thickness tears can be treated without surgery. Tears also vary in size and geometric pattern. High grade partial tears and full thickness tears may require surgery. Age, activity level (work and sports), as well as general medical health can impact treatment decisions.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

What does surgery for a rotator cuff injury entail?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Fix tendonto bone: Rotator cuff tears are not all the same. Partial tears are either left alone, lightly debrided or repaired. Full thickness tears often require repair of the torn tendon back to the shoulder bone (humerus, greater tuberosity). Surgery is either by open or arthroscopic technique using bone anchors and sutures to reattach the tendon to the bone. Rehabilitation is slow and deliberate for ~ 3 month.
A 43-year-old member asked:

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

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Einbecker
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
What are the symtoms: First, why do you think you have a rc problem? Your doc could take a look at you and make a diagnosis relatively easily. Mri can see a tear but not all need surgery.
A 31-year-old member asked:

I have a weird rotator cuff injury. Is it necessary to get surgery?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tim Lenters
Orthopedic Surgery 22 years experience
Not always: The decision to pursue surgical treatment depends on a number of factors, including your age, your activity level, the chronicity of the tear, the size and "repairability" of the tear. Small traumatic tears usually recover predictably well with surgery. Large atraumatic tears often respond to non-operative treatments, although there is some risk of tear progression without surgery.

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