Twenty years ago I fell and tore my rotator cuff. I'm finally going to have it repaired now. Can it possibly hold up another 20 years?

Researchers think so. The newest way to do rotator cuff repairs is called a mini-open technique. A special tool called an arthroscope is used to let the doctor work inside the joint without making a large incision. Puncture holes to insert the scope and a small incision are used.

This method has only been around for 10 years. The results have been very good so far. Most studies report 85 percent (or more) of the patients have good to excellent results. The outcomes are measured using pain, activity, and strength. Even old tears like yours can have a good result with today's newer methods of repair.