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Old 9 May 2019, 16:31
Steve788 Steve788 is offline
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Rotator Cuff (Supraspinatus Tear): Better or Worse Surgical Method(s)?

Wound up with a torn supraspinatus ("full thickness", but not
full width, from MRI).

Talked with VA ortho doc a week ago, and he believed I should
be able to go the community-care route, so I'm trying to figure
out how to narrow down the list of "preferred providers" that my
civilian insurance (BC/BS) shows, for my region.

I'm wondering if there are different surgical techniques in practice,
and if some (newer, maybe) approaches give better outcomes,
quicker recovery, etc--something that I can ask the docs, "do
you use the XYZ method, or the ABC approach?".


I got a hip replacement back in 2015, and didn't know at the
time that there was 'anterior' and 'posterior' approach methods.
I don't want to make that mistake again (you can guess which
I got ).

I searched and most of the rotator cuff threads are in
Fitness...but didn't find any discussion on surgical methods, if
there are any variations.
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Old 9 May 2019, 16:43
VEGAS-HAWK VEGAS-HAWK is offline
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Get surgical repair and PRP treatment, which side of the coast are you on?
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Old 9 May 2019, 18:46
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Southeast GA.

The PRP does sound interesting, but BC/BS considers
it "investigational", and I couldn't find any mention of
it by the VA, aside from some trial on impaired healing
in diabetics. Sounds like unobtanium.

I was just wondering if there are different surgical
approaches--if some are worth avoiding, it would
give me a way to pick a surgeon...
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