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.