A member asked:

My mri says have a focal full thickness tear of the distal supraspinatus tendon with the evidence of retraction. what is the meaning of focal full thickness tear versus full thickness tear . i am 65 female. what is the success rate for healing.thx.

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Dr. Robert Kwok answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

An orthopedic surgeon who does lots of shoulder repairs or specializes in shoulders, can look at the MRI, do a good exam, and estimate what might happen with surgery or without surgery. The tendon completely torn is the tendon from the muscle to the top of the humeral head (the ball end of the arm bone in the shoulder). Retraction means the torn end of the tendon has moved away from the bone.

Answered Sep 8, 2020

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