In February 2018, I fell and injured my right shoulder. I could not raise my arm more than a few inches. I visited Dr. Boyd Haynes who confirmed that I had a “massive” rotator cuff tear and that surgery was the only option. I’ve since learned that “massive” is the worst possible tear that he will try to repair. I have complete confidence in Dr. Haynes, so 2 weeks later I underwent the rotator cuff surgery and spent the next 6 weeks in a sling/immobilizer waiting to heal enough to begin physical therapy. During this time, I did exactly what Dr. Haynes told me and after several weeks of physical therapy, I have use of my right arm again.
For anyone facing this type of surgery, it is important to follow instructions and stick with the Physical Therapy, even though it is not always easy. Many thanks to Dr. Haynes and Dr. Tom Toothaker, Fred, and Josh in the Physical Therapy department for everything!