Rotator Cuff Re-Tear after Previous Repair

What is a Rotator Cuff Re-Tear?

A rotator cuff re-tear is a tear in a rotator cuff that had been previously surgically repaired.

Causes of Rotator Cuff Re-Tear

Re-tearing of the rotator cuff may be due to:

  • Advancing age
  • Failure to follow postoperative instructions
  • Improper healing after surgery
  • Overuse of the shoulder

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Re-Tear

Worsening pain, stiffness, and swelling may be an indication of a rotator cuff re-tear.

Diagnosis of a Rotator Cuff Re-Tear

A rotator cuff re-tear may be diagnosed on x-rays, ultrasound scans, or MRIs performed at least 6 months after the initial surgery.

Treatment of a Rotator Cuff Re-Tear

Depending on the severity of the re-tear, your surgeon may recommend treatments such as surgical re-suturing of the torn rotator cuff tendon, a tendon transfer which involves using a tendon tissue from another part of your body and physical therapy to maximize range of motion and function. Shoulder replacement surgery may also be considered in select cases.

Affiliations
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Saint Barnabas Medical Center Morristown Medical Center Wayne Surgical Center Elite Surgical Center