Patient : My doctor through an MRI has informed me I have a completer rotator cuff tear and would need surgery. I first approached him with the pain one year ago, yet now he tells me it has to be repaired within a year or the muscle turns to "mayonnaise" and will not hold a suture. do I have a time restraint? and wouldn't the initial pain fall with in that one year if the one year rule is true?
Time is important in repairing your injury. Your surgeon has tried to emphasize the importance of having surgery in a ttimely manner as delay makes the repair more difficult and less likely to yield the desired result. As it has already been a year, the repair will be difficult but a good outcome is likely. Further delay decreases this likelihood.
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