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I am scheduled to have rotator cuff repair surgery but am having second thoughts. Here is the backstory... (FYI - I am in the US so it would be easy to reschedule the surgery at a later date if I choose - however, I have my deductible paid for the year so the surgery would essentially be "free"
I have been having some pain at night in my right arm (right handed) so I went to see the orthopedic surgeon. He did an MRI and I have a severe rotator cuff tear that was obviously from an old injury. I can trace it back to an incident about 5 years ago. He said the only way to repair it would be surgery but told me it was up to me. I went ahead and scheudled it. Now, I am having second thoughts for several reasons. 1) I hate the thought of doing it so soon after my last surgery (I had bilateral TKR in June). 2) Really hate the thought of being "one-armed" over Christmas. 3) The length of recovery might be longer since he wasn't sure he could repair it arthroscopically. 4.) (and the main reason) - Other than some discomfort at night with I can usually remedy with ibuprofen or change of position... It doesn't bother me. I know my right arm is weaker than my left but I don't do heavy work. I have full range of motion. It really doesn't affect my daily life. I'm concerned that if I don't do it now, I will regret it later but it really doesn't bother me now. I've heard that after surgery, some people have a stiffness that never goes away. I know I would be in for possibly 6 months of rehab until I would be back to normal. Oh, I am a 55 year old female.
I need opinions, would you do now it if you were me?
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