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Mom has retorn her rotar cuff she had surgery on11 years ago. Will it heal on its own or is suegery next. She is 77 years old.?
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Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Won't heal
It will not heal buts depending on her activity level, health, size of tear, and condition of muscle surgery may not be recommended.
There also may exist other treatment options.

In brief: Won't heal
It will not heal buts depending on her activity level, health, size of tear, and condition of muscle surgery may not be recommended.
There also may exist other treatment options.
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Likely local injections of either cortisone products or toradol combined with therapy will be the most commonly recommended treatment in this kind of case.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Rotator tear
She may not need surgery.
I would have her try therapy which sometimes can help avoid the need for a repair. She may also need a MRI to determine the severity of the tear.

In brief: Rotator tear
She may not need surgery.
I would have her try therapy which sometimes can help avoid the need for a repair. She may also need a MRI to determine the severity of the tear.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Re-tear rotator cuff
A torn tendon will not heal itself.
At age 77, with history of prior rotator cuff repair, i would be cautious of surgery to repair the tear. Tissue will likely be very thin and flimsy, and may not heal. I would max-out non-operative treatment (pt, cortisone injections). If still painful/weak, xrays to check for arthritis. Maybe a reverse total shoulder replacement if painful and weak. Good luck!

In brief: Re-tear rotator cuff
A torn tendon will not heal itself.
At age 77, with history of prior rotator cuff repair, i would be cautious of surgery to repair the tear. Tissue will likely be very thin and flimsy, and may not heal. I would max-out non-operative treatment (pt, cortisone injections). If still painful/weak, xrays to check for arthritis. Maybe a reverse total shoulder replacement if painful and weak. Good luck!
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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