Pros and cons of surgical repair of partial tear of rotator cuff . I have had therapy and surgical tendon debridement with subacromial decompression. Neither improved pain and strength of the shoulder . Post-surgical MRI shows a partial-thickness tear, not seen on preop MRI. Can and should this partial tear be sown or will the surgery make it worse. I was told the partial tear would have to be cut to a full tear and then repaired as if it had been a full-thickness. If I opt not to have surgery what are the chances of the tear getting worse with movement and/or time? I am concerned that it will come back to haunt me if I do not have the difficult repair now. Thank you.
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013