Dr. Rockwood, Jr. explains if a rotator cuff injury is a fatal diagnosis.
Dr. Rockwood, Jr.:
The only way a rotator cuff could be fatal is if the patient did not respond to conservative treatment. They had to go to surgery and something happened during surgery such as a pulmonary embolism or a cardiac arrest, but rotator cuff itself, no.
About Dr. Rockwood, Jr., M.D.:
Charles A. Rockwood, Jr., M.D., continues to perform complex shoulder surgery in his private practice, and as a consultant, lends his expertise to other orthopaedic surgeons throughout the country. Dr. Rockwood has authored numerous journal articles and audiovisual presentations and has served as editor of several textbooks.