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My wrist has been slightly swollen and extremely painful since the day after my rotator cuff repair surgery, 2 months ago. How long can this last?

My wrist has been slightly swollen and extremely painful since the day after my rotator cuff repair surgery, 2 months ago. How long can this last?

Need a diagnosis: The question is why is your wrist is hurting and swollen. Most likely, this is indirectly, not directly related to your RC repair. Tendonitis because of a change in upper extremity biomechanics would be a thought. Your surgeon should be able to help you discover the cause and discuss treatment options. If I can help, then join my care team and virtual practice at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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How long does it take to recover from rotator cuff surgery?

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 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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I have been preparing for my rotator cuff surgery..How long is the rehabilitation for this operation?

I have been preparing for my rotator cuff surgery..How long is the rehabilitation for this operation?

12-16 weeks: It depend what involve in this procedure, but the rehab time it about 3 month. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff have bilateral full thickness tear 10mm anterior to posterior and 11 mm medial to lateral is this surgery painful does this mean 2 tears?

Rotator cuff have bilateral full thickness tear 10mm anterior to posterior and 11 mm medial to lateral is this surgery painful does this mean 2 tears?

They're fixable: We generally think in terms of centimeters - if both shoulders have similar size tears, then they are in the 'small' category, 1-2 cm in size. As long as the tissue quality is good and the mris are recent, they should be repairable, likely arthroscopically. However, the full recovery time is in the 3-6 month range regardless. As for pain, that depends more on the patient than the surgery. ...Read more

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Torn rotator cuff surgery & diabetes, how much longer to recover?

Torn rotator cuff surgery & diabetes, how much longer to recover?

Let me explain: Diabetes is a multisystem disorder that affects the wound healing process. Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is important as hyperglycaemia has been correlated with impaired wound healing (senior, 2000). In order to optimise wound-healing potential, patients should be encouraged to achieve target levels for glycated haemoglobin and sugar level. ...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 u re-injure a rotator cuff just by stretching? Its been 5 months after surgery and my arm feels week and still painful

Can u re-injure a rotator cuff just by stretching? Its been 5 months after surgery and my arm feels week and still painful

Cuff: Simple answer, yes. Unfortunately, rotator cuff healing depends on many factors influencing success including the size of the tear, health & age of the patient, & appropriate rest followed by therapy. It can take a year to fully recover. If you're concerned about re-tear, talk to your surgeon about a followup MRI arthrogram. ...Read more

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I have had open rotator cuff surgery and 2 anchors installed on my right shoulder, how long should I wait to have the left one done?

Wait until full func: Wait until you have full or near full function of this shoulder first. Typically around three months, but could be longer. ...Read more