Question:My doctor repaired the rotator cuff tendon in my shoulder 10 years ago. Now I've started losing motion in that shoulder, and it is very painful. I can still lift my arm over my head, but I am worried about having another surgery. What should I do?
Although most rotator cuff repairs have excellent outcomes, there are times when another surgery is required. The doctor may have to "revise" the repair that was done some time ago. People who have only had one previous surgery and can still lift the arm overhead are more likely to have a good result from the second surgery.
Before you worry much more about surgery, see your doctor. It may be that all you need is a rehabilitation program. Strengthening exercises to restore full motion can also help prevent future pain and problems with the rotator cuff.
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