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Doctor insights on: The Best Martial Arts After Surgery On The Rotator Cuff

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Are rotator cuff injuries best healed with therapy or surgery?

Are rotator cuff injuries best healed with therapy or surgery?

Cuff injuries. ..: Cuff injuries aren't all the same and aren't all treated the same way. Some injuries respond well to non-operative treatment with resolution of pain and without loss of function while many require surgery to alleviate pain and/or restore strength and motion. An orthopedic surgeon experienced in the treatment of these injuries is most qualified to help you decide what the best treatment is for you. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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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I have rrms and just found out I need rotator cuff surgery. Is that safe? If so is general anesthesia best?

I have rrms and just found out I need rotator cuff surgery. Is that safe? If so is general anesthesia best?

No worries: There is absolutely NO increased risk in a patient with MS regarding shoulder surgery or general anesthesia. But if you are not taking an MS disease modifying agent, your future prognosis is rather dismal. Hopefully, you just neglected to list your meds. ...Read more

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My rotator cuff hurts 6 years after surgery. Is that okay?

My rotator cuff hurts 6 years after surgery. Is that okay?

Depends: There are many causes of shoulder pain, even after surgery. There could be a new tear or retear (which can occur in 20-50% of the time depending on size of the original tear), there could be neck problems that cause shoulder pain, and there could be arthritis or biceps problems that are totally unrelated. On rare occasions, chest and abdominal problems could even cause shoulder pain. ...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 to repair, 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?

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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What does surgery for a rotator cuff injury entail?

Attach cuff to bone.: A rotator cuff tear occurs when the tendon is torn off the bone. For the tendon to heal, it must be reattached to the bone. This is done arthroscopically with suture anchors. The anchors have sutures inside and are placed into the bone. The sutures are placed within the torn rotator cuff and tied down to the bone. The cuff is protected for 6 wks before therapy begins, 3-6 months for recovery. ...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?

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?

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?

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 any thing. ...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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How do I know if surgery is necessary for a rotator cuff injury?

How do I know if surgery is necessary for a rotator cuff injury?

Many factors: Several factors play a part in the decision to proceed with surgery including the severity of symptoms, accurate physical exam by an orthopedic surgeon, size of the tear on mri, failed nonsurgical treatments, activity level and health of each individual patient. All of the above should be taken into consideration before surgery is planned. ...Read more

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Can a torn rotator cuff heal all by itself without having surgery?

Usually not: If it is a full thickness tear then it will not heal on its own. ...Read more

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I have a weird rotator cuff injury. Is it necessary to get surgery?

Not always: The decision to pursue surgical treatment depends on a number of factors, including your age, your activity level, the chronicity of the tear, the size and "repairability" of the tear. Small traumatic tears usually recover predictably well with surgery. Large atraumatic tears often respond to non-operative treatments, although there is some risk of tear progression without surgery. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Do partial rotator cuff tears heal on there own? Or surgery is needed? What is mini-open spectral tendenosis?

Healing can occur: Healing of partial thickness rotator cuff tears can occur. Your symptoms will correlate with healing or stagnation of tear versus tear progression/worsening. Repeat evaluations during a standard course of therapy over the next several months will help decipher your pathway. Subpectoral biceps tenodesis refers to an operation to secure injured biceps below the pectoralis major muscle to the humerus ...Read more

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It has been three years since a rotator cuff injury, and sudden sharp pains occur when exercising. Do I require surgery?

It has been three years since a rotator cuff injury, and sudden sharp pains occur when exercising. Do I require surgery?

Rotator cuff tear: Not necessarily. First a repeat MRI has to done to determine if there is a tear and how extensive it is. The MRI should be done with a dye injection (gadolinium) in the join since you have had prior surgey. A small tear may improve with just physical therapy. ...Read more

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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

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

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I have a tear in my rotator cuff. I also have a tear in my Labrum. My pain is still bad after two shots. Will I need surgery to repair this problem.?

It is possible: Depending on severity of the tear and which rotator cuff muscles /tendon is torn and how active you are, however the rehab time may be quite lengthy, need a discussion with your orthopedists ...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