Re: Shoulder Surgery 3 Years After Injury-?
In my little old opinion, the surgeon will say it doesn't matter how long you wait if there is a reason, goor or not so good, for waiting. There are several current studies that say earlier repair, within 3-6 weeks, is best for repair of a traumatic tear. Of course the nay sayers will say that the tendon was probably torn before, but there is no way to prove that.
All that said, if you did not have enough pain, discomfort or lack of function to really need surgery at the time, it probably does not matter. Not every tear needs repair. Some people do fine with tears never being fixed. My husband is a case in point. He does complain now and then, but after seeing what I've been through, he will pass on surgery, thank you very much!
What does matter is the quality of the tendon and muscle. If it is retracted too far, and the muscle has significant fatty infiltration, it might not be repairable. Or the repair may fail. Age is a factor, as is general health, smoking, etc.
Have you tried focused PT? Is the pain constant and ruining your life? Are you committed to a long recovery and months of PT? Do you have a current MRI?