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Dr. Allen Lu
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Rotator Cuff Repair (Overview)

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 side of the body.


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I am having my rotator cuff repaired. What is recovery like?

I am having my rotator cuff repaired. What is recovery like?

Little hard: It take about 8-16 weeks some people experience a lot of pain in the early stage up to 3 weeks and the initial period of physical therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Allen Lu
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Rotator Cuff Repair (Overview)

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 side of the body.


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Is the rotator cuff repair a risky thing to do?

Is the rotator cuff repair a risky thing to do?

No: Rotator cuff surgery is fairly routine. The one exception may be the chronic masive tear which can be very challenging to fix and in some cases impossible. Your best bet for a successful outcome is chosing a surgeon who routinely performs cuff repairs. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff repair (Tip)

How much weight should I use as I start my rotator cuff exercises? ...See more

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Treating a Rotator Cuff Injury (Checklist)

See your orthopedic or sports medicine doctor
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Please describe what a rotator cuff repair involves?

Please describe what a rotator cuff repair involves?

Reattachment of RC: In my hands 99% of rotator cuff repairs are performed arthroscopically (through small incisions with the help of a fiberoptic camera). Patients go home the same day and full recovery can take 3-12 months. Each repair is different and depends on the type of tear, but generally the rotator cuff tendon which has torn loose from the humerus (shoulder) bone is reattached using a combination of sutures. ...Read more

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Just had rotator cuff repair & symptoms appeared. Why?

Just had rotator cuff repair & symptoms appeared. Why?

Check out: When symptoms appear again could due to inflammations or rupture of the rotator cuff, check it out. They could MRI tp find out. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rotator cuff repair?

What is the definition or description of: rotator cuff repair?

Reattach torn cuff: 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 side of the body. ...Read more

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Would you get your torn rotator cuff repaired if you needed to?

Yes but: If up in age (70-and up) and is not your dominant arm I will not do it, some people could have good use of the arm even they have tear. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had a full thickness 2 inch rotator cuff repair october 12th. My pt now thinks I have a impinged rotator cuff. How is that repaired?

Unlikely: You had a pretty large tear. I presume if was 2 inches that most of your supraspinatus was torn. Would be more helpful to know how retracted it was. "impingement" is a debatable subject amongst shoulder surgeons. I would be more inclined to ask what your therapist means. The cuff may still be weak since surgery. If still weak at this point I would be more interested in knowing if repair took. ...Read more

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I had a rotator cuff repair last year. Got to 95% mobility but hurt it last week. Back to 30% mobility, pain & crunching. What should I do?

I had a rotator cuff repair last year. Got to 95% mobility but hurt it last week. Back to 30% mobility, pain & crunching. What should I do?

Reexamine!: Retears of rotator cuffs do happen, particularly if you had a significant injury. If injury seems to be small, you certainly could use over the counter antiinflammatories, ice, and rest over the coming weeks. If shoulder returns to normal then great! If symptoms persist, formal evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon is warranted in order to determine the severity of the damage. ...Read more

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What is rotator cuff repair and acromnioplasty?

Surgery: Rotator cuff repair is simply the surgical repair of a torn rotator cuff tendon and acromioplasty refers to surgical removal of a portion of the acromion (an inferior prominence of the anterior acromion) to create more room for the rotator cuff. ...Read more

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What is rotator cuff repair vs. Acromnioplasty?

Diagnosis?: Learn more about this topic here:
http://www. Theshouldercenter. Com/shoulderpain/2013/shoulder-surgery/spur-acromioplasty-impingement/
and http://theshouldercenter. Com/rotator-cuff-tear. Htm
it's important to have a clear diagnosis and cause for your shoulder pain before considering surgery. ...Read more

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How often do rotator cuff repairs fail?

How often do rotator cuff repairs fail?

Depends: That depends on many factors the age of the patient or the activity level of the patient come to mind first. As a general rule rotator cuff reconstructions have a very small re-occurence rate. ...Read more

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How do you rehab a rotator cuff repair?

Rotator cuff: The rehab is slow. It can take up to 6 weeks just for the initial healing with limited motion of the shoulder. The next phase involves regaining active shoulder motion and flexibility. The last phase in recovery is strengthening. The whole process can take 3-6 months. ...Read more

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What is important to know for rehab after a rotator cuff repair?

What is important to know for rehab after a rotator cuff repair?

Slow but steady: Recovery and rehab will vary widely depending on tear type, size, associated injuries, pre-operative function, post-operative goals, and repair type. In general, early treatment involves protection in a sling for 4-6 weeks and gentle range of motion exercises with eventual progression to strengthening exercises. Full recovery typically takes at least 3 months, but often can take 6-12 months. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a rotator cuff repair and acromnioplasty?

Shoulder: A rotator cuff repair is a fixation of a torn tendon. An acromioplasty is the shaving of a bone spur which maybe impinging on the rotator cuff. This also provides more room for the rotator cuff to function. ...Read more

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Can I do any weight bearing exercises in while in recovery from a rotator cuff repair?

Can I do any weight bearing exercises in while in recovery from a rotator cuff repair?

It depends.: Not all tears are the same size and not all repairs heal att eh same speed. If you have a partial thickness or small full thickness tear you can do some strengthening with light weights, but a full thickness tear, especially a moderate to large repair needs to be protected. Your surgeon should be the one to determine whether you are ready to do weight bearing exercises or not. ...Read more

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What can I do if I had rotator cuff repair and now experience pain in should blade 3 mo. Later?

Continue therapy.: It is not uncommon to have pain for several months after a rotator cuff repair. At first the pain is due to the surgery itself. Then there is pain when beginning range of motion. Finally, there is muscle pain from strengthening. All of these stages are normal and when you progress through them you will feel better. Be patient because it will take several months. ...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!

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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I am four weeks post op rotator cuff repair...Pt is extremely painful. When does that ease up? I don't know how much more I can take.

I am four weeks post op rotator cuff repair...Pt is extremely painful. When does that ease up? I don't know how much more I can take.

Would slow down: I am not a fan of early pt. Recent study done by cuff et al. That won the neer award (prestigous shoulder research award) showed that early therapy lead to higher failure rates. At 4 weeks the cuff is still healing...In fact up to 12 weeks. I don't like when therapy is painful as can cause capsultis and actually slow overall progress. I would have therapist slow down or back off. Itll improve. ...Read more

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What is a ballpark price of a rotator cuff repair surgery?

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$6000-$10000: Rotator cuff repair surgery prices can be highly variable, depending on type of repair, insurance contracts, and bundled fees. A typical cash price runs around $1400-$2000 surgeon fee, $900-$1500 anesthesia fee, $900-$2500 implants fee, and $1500-$4000 facility fee. ...Read more

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How bad is the pain from arthroscopic rotator cuff repair?

How bad is the pain from arthroscopic rotator cuff repair?

Varies: Some patients will have very little discomfort, while others have quite a bit. Overall, most patients do not have significant pain, and the worst pain occurs the first few days after the procedure and then rapidly improves. ...Read more

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How can you rehab an AC decompression and rotator cuff repair?

Depends: Only your surgeon can answer that question. The nature of your rehab depends of the cuff repair. Most full-thickness cuff repairs should be protected in a sling for at least 4 weeks. The patient progresses from passive to active-assisted and finally active range of motion exercises. The surgeon must give guidance. ...Read more

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What are rehab methods for AC decompression and rotator cuff repair?

In three stages: 1-the repair needs to be protected while the tendon heals. To keep your arm from moving you will most likely use a sling and avoid using it 4-6 weeks.
2-passive exercise in most cases, passive exercise is begun within the first 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
3-after 4 to 6 weeks, you will progress to doing active exercises without the help of your therapist.
Then we start strengthening exercises. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about shoulder AC and rotator cuff repair surgery?

Significant procedur: Both procedures are significant operations
which require extensive rehabilitation
if you have these procedures performed
you will likely require about six months of
rehab to be close to normal. ...Read more

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What can I expect from a rotator cuff repair surgery on the left shoulder?

Rest: A rotator cuff repair takes the torn end of the rotator cuff tendon and reattaches it to the bone with anchors and or sutures. The repair takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours. A period of rest after the surgery allows the tendon end to heal back to the bone. This can take between 6-12 weeks. Typically, you are given some rest, followed by gentle exercises for motion and strength. ...Read more

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I have had a complete shoulder rotator cuff repair 10 yrs ago. I have injured it recently lifting weights. Can you tear it again?

Unfortunately, yes: Although the tendon heals back down to the bone, the quality of that tissue isn't as good as what you were given at birth, so yes cuff repairs are still at risk for retear. ...Read more

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I'm 20 wks rotator cuff repair. I still lack full external rotation on affected shlder by 20-25 degrees when compared to good one. Should I be alarmed?

I'm 20 wks rotator cuff repair. I still lack full external rotation on affected shlder by 20-25 degrees when compared to good one. Should I be alarmed?

Normal: Recovery after this surgery is certainly tough. I still feel that you have room to improve even one year post surgery. You just have to keep working on it. How is your strength, pain, and range if motion in other planes? Do u know which tendons u tore? When did u start therapy? Are you diabetic? ...Read more

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What is done during rotator cuff repair/arthroscopic surgery?

Cuff sutured to bone: The rotator cuff is identified arthroscopically and instruments are used to suture the rotator cuff. These sutures are used to secure the rotator cuff to the bone. Some sutures are attached to anchors, the anchors are placed into the bone. The sutures are tied down to or impacted into the bone to complete the repair. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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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