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Doctor insights on: Average Recovery Time For Rotator Cuff Surgery

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One year after rotator cuff surgery it seems an anchor has dislodged is repair and recovery as bad as original surgery? Work is very phys. Demanding

One year after rotator cuff surgery it seems an anchor has dislodged  is repair and recovery as bad as original surgery? Work is very phys. Demanding

Hard to predict: If the anchor is just being retrieved, the pain will be minimal compared to your previous surgery. Most of the time, however, the rotator cuff will need to be re-repaired, which should be similar to the recovery from your first surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Rotator Cuff (Definition)

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm ...Read more


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Is surgery for a rotator cuff minor tear really needed? How long is the surgery? How many days will she be in the hospital? Recovery process?

Is surgery for a rotator cuff minor tear really needed? How long is the surgery? How many days will she be in the hospital? Recovery process?

Second opinion: Rotator cuff tear has options for care. Start with physical therapy. Add laprascopic repair if not better. Okay to talk with your primary, your surgery team and a second opinion to get a full understanding of your options. Be well. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery period after rotator cuff surgery?

Rotator cuff repair: Surgery to re-attach a torn rotator cuff tendon typically takes 6 weeks for preliminary healing of tendon to bone. At 6 weeks, the sling is discontinued. Physical therapy is helpful initially to regain range of motion of the shoulder. Once rom has been restored, aditional pt to regain strength and function. By 6 months, most patients are pretty functional. Full recovery 9-12 months. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can i heal my rotator cuff injury without surgery? I fell a couple of months ago and tore my rotator cuff muscle. The dr. Says i need surgery, but I am hesitant, because that would mean a long recovery. I am self-employed and i can't make a living witho

I : I agree with dr. Peterson. Depending on type of rotator cuff tear, physical therapy is often an excellent option. By maximizing the muscle strength of the surrounding the other rotator cuff muscles and surrounding shoulder blade muscles, the pain associated with the tear and subsequent dysfunction may be controlled. For those who do not have success with physical therapy, surgery may improve their results. Physical therapy seems to do a little better in the degenerative type tears or the partial thickness rotator cuff tears. Usually, large full thickness rotator cuff tears tend to require surgical repair. ...Read more

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How much time will i be out of work after having rotator cuff surgery?

How much time will i be out of work after having rotator cuff surgery?

Time off varies: Surgery is typically outpatient takes 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. Recovery is 3-4 months. If you have a relatively sedentary job you can be back to work in a matter of days or weeks in a sling. IF you have a labor intensive job it will be difficult to work unless you can find light duty. You can typically drive once you are off pain meds and out of the sling which varies from 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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This is my second rotator cuff surgery on the same shoulder in the last 7 months. What is the chance this could happen a third time... ?

This is my second rotator cuff surgery on the same shoulder in the last 7 months. What is the chance this could happen a third time...
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Depends on why : Most common reason for failure is technical followed by poor tissue. Many variables that should be checked to determine why first one failed need to discuss with your surgeon or get a second opinion by fellowship trained shoulder specialist. ...Read more

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I had rotator cuff surgery in 1998.. Now when i lift it just work it cracks all the time. Did i undo the surgery?

I had rotator cuff surgery in 1998.. Now when i lift it just work it cracks all the time. Did i undo the surgery?

Retear : It is possible to retear your rotator cuff. If you are having pain, weakness or limited motion i would have it evaluated by previous orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is massage good four months after a rotator cuff surgery? I stay tight all the time.

Is massage good four months after a rotator cuff surgery? I stay tight all the time.

It can't hurt: As long as the massage therapist is not trying to manipulate the joint then a massage should not be able to hurt the surgical repair. Talk to your surgeon if you have specific questions. ...Read more

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On 6/12 I had rotator cuff surgery for full tear in 2 tendons. Doc thinks I re-tore it.surgery will be more difficult a 2nd time. Why is this?

Because: after surgery , will develop lot of scar tissue and adhesions to adjacent tissues , normal tissue planes are masked and scar tissue to scar tissue stitches will not hold as with out scar ( first surgery ) most likely your surgeon will do tests like MRI may be additional physiotherapy before reoperation Speak to your surgeon ...Read more