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Shoulder FAQ


Six months ago I had a rotator cuff repair. I don't really see much difference from before to after. When should I expect to get better?


A recent study from the University of Alberta in Canada looked at patients who had a mini-open method of rotator cuff repair. They used shoulder motion and function as the two main measures of results. They also looked at patient satisfaction and number of patients who went back to work to judge the outcomes. Most of the improvement in motion and function took place in the first six months. All but one patient was happy with the results. Most went back to work at their old jobs by the end of one year. Only a few needed job changes to make it possible to go back to work. Take a look at these main measures (motion, function, return to work) in your life to judge your results. If you aren't happy, make a follow-up appointment with your surgeon. There may be a simple solution to your problem. You may need a short course of rehab. It's possible a second surgery is needed. Deniz Baysal, MD, FRCS(C), et al. Functional Outcome and Health-Related Quality of Life After Surgical Repair of Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear Using a Mini-Open Technique. In The American Journal of Sports Medicine. September 2005. Vol. 33. No. 9. Pp. 1346-1355.

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