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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. Allen Lu
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Rotator Cuff Repair (Definition)

Rotator cuff repair is performed by reattaching to bone the important tendons of the shoulder that provide specific refined motion and function of the shoulder: forward flexion, elevation away from the side of the body, and internal/external rotation of the arm while at the ...Read more


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How long is the recovery period after rotator cuff surgery?

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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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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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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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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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 without scar (first surgery) most likely your surgeon will do tests like MRI may be additional physiotherapy before reoperation Speak to your surgeon ...Read more

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If a patient has rotator cuff surgery and bicep tendion tear surgery in the same day what is the expected time off work? Patient also had complication upon waking up from surgery. Patient woke up with elevated blood glucose levels of more than 300 and ha

If a patient has rotator cuff surgery and bicep tendion tear surgery in the same day what is the expected time off work? Patient also had complication upon waking up from surgery.  Patient woke up with elevated blood glucose levels of more than 300 and ha

Long: Much depends on size of tear, method and quality of repair. It can vary from 4-6 weeks in a sling. Time off work depends on what "work" is... For an athlete, could be a year. For a secretary, a week. Be sure to ask the surgeon. ...Read more

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I have had 2 rotator cuff repair surgeries and each time during pt it was retorn. Now its worse than ever. Now what!

I have had 2 rotator cuff repair surgeries and each time during pt it was retorn. Now its worse than ever. Now what!

Recurrent cuff tear: If you have had two failed rotator cuff repairs, your options are 1. Tendon graft, either autograft or allograft. 2. Tendon transfers. 3. Reverse total shoulder replacement. 4 shoulder arthrodesis. ...Read more

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How bad is rotator cuff surgery?

How bad is rotator cuff surgery?

Not too bad!!!: Although all surgeries can involve some initial pain and discomfort, rotator cuff repair surgery can be done very safely these days and with minimal risk. Although some tears can be challenging repairing, recovery time and therapy that goes along with it are generally well tolerated. An experienced surgeon with high skill with arthroscopic techniques can usually achieve excellent clinical results. ...Read more

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Tommy johns rotator cuff surgery?

Tommy johns rotator cuff surgery?

2 Different Surgerie: Tommy john surgery is an ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction of the elbow. Rotator cuff surgery is surgery to repair a tendon in the shoulder. ...Read more

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What's a rotator cuff surgery like?

What's a rotator cuff surgery like?

Outpatient.: It takes about 2 hours, usually done arthroscopically. We perform ours on an outpatient basis. We use a sling for three weeks, then begin physical therapy. ...Read more

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What is it like to have rotator cuff surgery?

Hurts @ pm: Most rotator cuff tears in your relatively young age group will cause pain w/ overhead activities, throwing etc. If you really have a tear pain @ night is ver common. Pain when moving your arm away from your body is typical. Occasionsionally weakness ofyour arm in certain positions can be appreciated. A good physical exam can differentiate other shoulder problems.MRI can confirm if well done. ...Read more

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What should be the cost of rotator cuff surgery?

What should be the cost of rotator cuff surgery?

$5500: As dr. Coats has indicated, it does depend on many factors, and the amounts that get paid are often much less than are charged. In the U.S., cash rates are now around $5500, which should include facility fee, surgeon fee, anesthesia fee, and an average number of implants. The price obviously depends on location, type of rotator cuff repair, and severity. ...Read more

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Do they use surgical clips in rotator cuff surgery?

Not exactly: You can learn more about rotator cuff repair surgery here: http://theshouldercenter. Com/arthroscopic-rotator-cuff-repair. Htm
I would recommend you pick a surgeon that performs the surgery you need hundreds of times a year. Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter. Com/shoulderpain/2012/shoulder-specialist/surgeryspecialist/. ...Read more

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Can you still powerlift after rotator cuff surgery?

Can you still powerlift after rotator cuff surgery?

You can.: With a successful repair and appropriate post-operative rehab, you should be able to resume powerlifting. However, you should be aware that you are more likely to incur a re-tear than most patients, because of the immense forces on the rotator cuff, associated with powerlifting. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff surgery can you explain the procedure to me?

Rotator cuff surgery can you explain the procedure to me?

Arthroscopic repair: The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that coalesce together to form a cuff. Usually the supraspinatus tendon is the one that's torn. It's repaired to the bone where it belongs to an area called the greater tuberosity, with suture anchors. The surgery he's usually done arthroscopically. Depending on the size of the tear it can take about an hour to 1 1/2 hours to perform surgery. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens after rotator cuff surgery?

Could you tell me what happens after rotator cuff surgery?

Rotator Cuff Surgery: This varies from doctor to doctor and also depends on the severity of the tear. It is generally accepted that initially you should avoid any active range of motion of the shoulder, while often passive range is allowed much sooner. After appropriate rest, pt will gradually help you regain range of motion, and then later strengthening exercises will be added. Expect 3-6 months for recovery. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from rotator cuff surgery?

A realistic goal-: -6mos 2 get motion and strength back requires dedicated PT daily work @ home. Ur shoulder will never B as before but with a lot of early work on passive ROM, @ 5-6 wks gentle act/assist exercise, supervised, then gradually active 4 strength, again supervised. By 8-12 wks U have 2 continue to push 4 ROM & strength. By 6 mo any improvement comes very slowly. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from rotator cuff surgery?

How long does it take to recover from rotator cuff surgery?

6 months: All our patients are treated arthroscopically despite the size of the rot. Cuff tear. Almost all our patients are 'released' @ 6 months post-op. This means they can return to full activitites. Some people continue to improve their strength up until 1 yr. Post-op... Sling use is generally for the first 4 weeks after surgery and rehab can last 4-10 wks. Depending on size and chronicity of tear. Gl! ...Read more

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How much assistance willone need after rotator cuff surgery?

You need assistant: You can not use that arm for 3 weeks, beside the pain you are going to have from the surgery, so if it is your right arm you can not use it for three weeks almost for anything. ...Read more

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How long would it take to recover from rotator cuff surgery?

6 mo: Having had 5 cuff surgeries I can tell u it is long & hard. After immobilization and starting pt the next day u r stiff sore & weak. I think it is easily 6 mo or more, up 2 a year sometimes 2 ur end of rehab, and ur not back 2 ur normal self as far as activities r concerned. Listen 2 ur ortho, pt, work hard on ur hep, and b patient but persistant. ...Read more

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When after rotator cuff surgery will the pain start to go away?

Variable: Some patients have complete relief immediately but this would be the minority. Most people are fairly uncomfortable for 2-4 weeks. By 6 weeks the pain should be less and even by 3 months, some people characterize the pain as a dull tooth ache with tightness. ...Read more

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What amount of assistance does one need after rotator cuff surgery?

What amount of assistance does one need after rotator cuff surgery?

U wil need help: For the first 4 to 6 weeks I don't allow anybody to move the shoulder on their own so u will need help with many routine things ...Read more

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Help, how much assistance does one need after rotator cuff surgery?

Therapy?: Not sure of the question. I feel that all patients need physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery. This focuses on motion of the shoulder, progressing to strengthening of the rotator cuff. Make sure to discuss this with your orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still be in pain nine weeks after rotator cuff surgery?

Is it normal to still be in pain nine weeks after rotator cuff surgery?

Depends: Would speak to your surgeon to see why you may still be hurting, but you may still be healing from your surgery. ...Read more

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Whay would be a safe INR level to perform rotator cuff surgery?

INR: Level must be used in conjunction with other cardiac/medical issues. Above 1.5 with increased bleed. ...Read more

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What to expect from rotator cuff surgery combined with acj arthroplasty?

What to expect from rotator cuff surgery combined with acj arthroplasty?

Good result: Most of the time those two producers are combined together to achieve good result because most of the time there is involvement of both. ...Read more

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Why would my hand be swelling after a rotator cuff surgery?

Elbow bent in brace: Assuming you had an arthroscopic repair, a significant amount of fluid passes through the shoulder, and some moves in to the surrounding soft tissues creating the look of a big swollen shoulder. The mechanical effect of this fluid pressure together with the fact that the elbow is held flexed in a brace create a situation of lower than usual venous outflow manifesting clinically as a swollen hand. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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