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Rotator Cuff Surgery - Information needed
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wia1491 posted:
Hi -- I have a friend with a rotator cuff injury. She is scheduled for surgery in 2 weeks, and the doctor has told her it will be an out-patient procedure and she does not need any in-home care or a stay in a rehab center. He said she'd be in a sling. When she said this is her right arm, she is right-handed and does not know how she will dress, bathe, cook, eat, or drive, he said, "You'll figure it out".
This is a workman's comp situation and this was the doctor they assigned to her.
She paid cash for a 2nd opinion yesterday and was told that it is a "retraction of the supra spenatus tendon", and that there is a hole clear through her tendon, with 2 of the 3 tendons detached.
She would like to know: 1) What is this surgical procedure called? 2) How is it usually handled surgically? That is, can this actually be orthroscopic surgery, and therefore performed on a same day/outpatient basis -- or not? 3) What type if follow-up care (in-hospital? Rehab? occupational therapy? PT?) is usually called for and prescribed?
4) Is it really possible to do without any follow up care and not have her should freeze up?
She is afraid she will be worse off than she is now.
Any input is appreciated as she and her lawyer are getting stonewalled by the surgeon. Thanks!
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fireman00027 responded:
I had orthoscopic surgery on my right sholder,only as bad as you make it, soreness, yes, sling, yes, rehab yes,minipulation, heat, and electrial stimulation, all work well for me, but you cannot rush the rehab, it took me several weeks to feel better, and probley 6 months beore it felt good,I still use my rope pully to extend my arm and the motion gets better.I,m no spring chicken, 68 and had cronic sholder pain.


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