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Who can benefit from rotator cuff surgery?

Rotator cuff surgery can benefit a young, healthy person who has a full thickness rotator cuff tear. If an MRI shows a full thickness tear that will not heal on its own in a young, healthy person, surgery is warranted.

But, there is a full spectrum of tearing outside of that. Whether it's a 50 percent tear, a 70 percent tear or a 20 percent tear, a doctor needs to examine the person and come up with an algorithm based on how to treat the person. Not every partial tear requires surgery, but some do, particularly, if they fail to respond to conservative measures for more than three months.

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