When not to have rotator cuff surgery

If you have a rotator cuff tear, you may be wondering if surgery is the right option for you. There are a few things to consider before making the decision to move forward with surgery. Here are four factors to consider when not to have rotator cuff surgery. 


One factor that may influence your decision is age. If you are over the age of 60, you may be less likely to have a successful surgery. This is because the tendons and muscles around the rotator cuff may have become weak due to age.

Activity Level

Another thing to consider is your activity level. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you may be able to get by without surgery. However, if you are active and participate in sports or other activities that require use of your arms, you may be more likely to need surgery.

Type of Tear

There are two main types of rotator cuff tears: partial and full-thickness. Partial tears are less serious and may not require surgery. Full-thickness tears, on the other hand, are more severe and often require surgery to repair.

Size of Tear

The size of the rotator cuff tear may also influence your decision to have surgery. Smaller tears may be able to heal on their own, while larger tears may require surgery.

Your doctor will also take into consideration your overall health and any other factors that may influence your ability to have a successful surgery.

The decision to have rotator cuff surgery is a personal one and should be made after careful consideration of all the facts. If you are still undecided, speak with your doctor about other options that may be available to you.

You can choose not to have rotator cuff surgery if the following treatments work:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy


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