Approximately one-third of rotator cuff tears will require surgery.
The authors of ‘The Societal and Economic Worth of Rotator Cuff Fix,’ estimate these surgeries result in a lifetime societal cost savings in the U.S. Of around $3.44 billion annually. ‘A torn rotator cuff will weaken your shoulder and may make day to day activities painful and more challenging, but the decision-making process as to when medical procedures is warranted is not always white and black,’ said Richard C. Mather, MD, assistant professor, department of orthopaedic medical procedures at Duke University INFIRMARY and a study author. ‘This study and the new appropriate use requirements add tools for both patients and physicians to see and improve their care and attention both in the short and long conditions.’ Despite tearing their rotator cuffs, Wesley Linton and Michaela ‘Pinky’ Puno can keep doing what they love, function and support their own families. (more…)