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I have rotator cuff injury and inflammation on both the shoulders. Will tommy johns surgery work in my case?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Not for shoulders!

Tommy john surgery is for elbow instability.
Tendon is used to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament on the inside part of the elbow. For rotator cuff injuries and tendinitis, a combination of oral/injectable steroids, nsaid's and therapy, is very effective treatment. If non-operative treatment fails, shoulder arthroscopy is the treatment of choice. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon.

In brief: Not for shoulders!

Tommy john surgery is for elbow instability.
Tendon is used to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament on the inside part of the elbow. For rotator cuff injuries and tendinitis, a combination of oral/injectable steroids, nsaid's and therapy, is very effective treatment. If non-operative treatment fails, shoulder arthroscopy is the treatment of choice. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Robert Meislin
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Tommuy john

Tommy john surgery is for reconstruction of a compromised or torn medial collateral ligament of the elbow.

In brief: Tommuy john

Tommy john surgery is for reconstruction of a compromised or torn medial collateral ligament of the elbow.
Dr. Robert Meislin
Dr. Robert Meislin
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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Wrong procedure

Tommy john surgery involves reconstructing an injured ligament in the elbow, not the shoulder. You would need a procedure involving the shoulder, but depending on your injury arthroscopic techniques to treat rotator cuff problems can be very successful.

In brief: Wrong procedure

Tommy john surgery involves reconstructing an injured ligament in the elbow, not the shoulder. You would need a procedure involving the shoulder, but depending on your injury arthroscopic techniques to treat rotator cuff problems can be very successful.
Dr. Vishal Shah
Dr. Vishal Shah
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Elbow ligament

Tommy john surgery is reconstructive surgery of the medial ulnar collateral ligament? It is not performed for shoulder inflammation.

In brief: Elbow ligament

Tommy john surgery is reconstructive surgery of the medial ulnar collateral ligament? It is not performed for shoulder inflammation.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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