Failed Rotator Cuff Surgery

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Yesterday my surgeon said my surgery was a failure. I am clicking, popping and aching. Getting an MRI to see what is going on. I’m pretty sure I will not repeat the surgery since the recovery was so hard but do want to know what’s happening.  We knew going it it would be problematic as I have had issues with that arm/shoulder for 20 years. The testing did not show anything to suggest surgery. The Dr. went in to take pictures to justify a shoulder replacement to the insurance company. Once in the inside he found 2 tears and a hole so he built a bridge and reattached everything.  Has any one else experienced this and actually redid the surgery? I can’t fathom going through that pain again. I’m thinking I can live with this!

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    Yes, revision five months after the first. If the surgeon is worth his salt you will be right as rain. My surgeon is good but he rose to excellent during the revision. Full ROM. It can be done. Good luck.
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    Yup I've been there.  4 1/2 months ago had a revision and my surgeon built the bridge out of cadaver tissue.  It's worth it.  The pain prior to surgery was awful and just kept getting worse.  I have virtually no pain now and good range of motion.  I just started on building strength.  That's going to take a couple more months, but I'm able to do most everything except whatever takes strength, like lifting above my head with any weight.  But it will happen  Living the rest of your life in pain and with severe limitations is not a good option.   Just to make sure I am clear, he already did the bridge?  Is that what failed?   

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      Yes the bridge has been done. He did not say what has failed just that he considers it a failed surgery due to the clicking and popping. Hw ordered an MRI to see what is going on.
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      Hi Grandmajan

      I have just been to see my GP as started feeling pain in my upper arm with clicking sounds.  Just came out of no where about 2 weeks ago and am being sent for a shoulder x ray.  Did your problem start suddenly or from an injury.  I am not aware of injuring my shoulder but recently started pilates, GP has told me to stop pilates.

      Everything I've read suggests it rota cuff problem.

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    Perhaps you with it will live. And what is advised by the surgeon?
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    If I had the pain that I had before my surgery I would do it again. At least now I know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I have a feeling that, given all of the P/T I've had and all that I know now, that the recovery would go a lot quicker. 

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