Rotator cuff surgery?

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ryanbeckworth

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I've had an MRI that shows a labral type II tear, supraspinatus partial tear, and infraspinatus tendonosis. I'd like to return to my weightlifting, and am probably going to have surgery for these issues. Anyone have advice or been there themselves?
 

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i had a similar problem 4 yrs ago and ended up going the arthroscopic route. i don't know the technical name for the procedure but the doc shaved down the partial tears in my supraspinatus and labrum and then used a heat probe to tighten up the ligaments.

the procedure went well and i think i'm back at 100%. it took 3 months of physical therapy and about a year until i was back to normal, even though they told me it would be 6 months. today my shoulder feels great and i can lift more than i did before, but i didn't really work out as much before as i do now.

best advice would be to make sure the orthopod that does your surgery has lots of experience with the procedure that you need. a buddy of mine had almost the same problem and had the procedure and it didn't turn out too well for him. he had to go under again. i was lucky in that the orthopod who fixed me was a team physician for a MLB team, took my insurance, and had been one of the pioneers of the surgery...so he claimed.

best of luck.
 

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Thanks for the reply.

I have a guy who's done a fellowship year in Sports Medicine, and specializes in shoulders. Not a professional athelete's doc, but I hope he's good enough.

I too want to get back to lifting, although this is tempered by the knowledge that the recovery period is fairly long.

Thanks again.

-RB
 
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