A 52-year-old female asked:
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i have a 50% rotator cuff tear. at what point should it be repaired? i just had a cortisone shot about 2 weeks ago which is already wearing off.

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Dr. Boris Aronzon
23 years experience Anesthesiology
Difficult: It is personal and surgical decision. You will be out of work for at least 6 weeks. Discuss options with your surgeon.
Answered on Feb 2, 2015
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
You've answered the?: If the cortisone shot gave so little relief in time, the tear will not heel itself. You'll be miserable sleeping. It will impair activities of daily living. Talk with an orthopedist! sooner than later!
Answered on Feb 2, 2015
Dr. Marvin Den
44 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends: If the pain and disability are not tolerable it may be time. You need to discuss this with your orthopedist.
Answered on Feb 2, 2015

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