This is one of the most common questions that I'm asked by patients with shoulder pain and a diagnosis of a rotator cuff tear. The answer, unfortunately, is not as straightforward as one may think. In addition, there is a tremendous amount of mis-information out there - some of it spread by other orthopedic surgeons! I'll try to sift through what we know (and what we don't know) about rotator cuff tears. I love this topic (and fixing rotator cuff tears) so this may turn in
I've been thinking this fall/early winter about a group of patients that are getting more attention recently from shoulder surgeons. These are patients who have massive rotator cuff tears, that are unfixable, but without severe arthritis. I have recently seen a couple patients like this and would like to share my thoughts. Here is an example: A 57 year old, active gentleman has had shoulder pain for several years (7+). He has been diagnosed with a massive rotator cuff tear
As everyone in the great state of Wisconsin (my original home state!), with an interest in football, or with access to the internet knows, Aaron Rodgers is approaching a comeback. October 15th, he was tackled by Anthony Barr of my current home state Vikings and fractured his clavicle (collarbone). He underwent surgery October 20th. Per report, he had 13 screws and 2 plates applied. He is now 7.5 weeks (53 days) from surgery....so the question of the hour is: Can he play?
Welcome to the JonBarlowMD.com blog. I consider it an incredible privilege to be able to share some of my thoughts and opinions with you. My hope is to shed some light on controversial and challenging aspects of orthopedic surgery, and particularly, shoulder and elbow fracture care. While my opinions have been educated by my training at the Mayo Clinic, and Rothman Institute, they remain my own opinions, and not those of the Mayo Clinic. When I was hired at the Mayo Clinic