Breast Implants Cause Shoulder Scar Tissue Problem?

I had implants in 1981, still have them. I know they have encapsulated. Recently, I had rotator cuff surgery and then a capsulated shoulder. I can feel what I think is scar tissue between my right breast and my problematic shoulder. Could the implants have contributed to my shoulder scar tissue problem?

Doctor Answers (4)

Breast implants, capsular contracture and a shoulder rotator cuff problem or injury

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I agree with my colleagues that the implants are not likely a cause of your shoulder problem. However, a pectoralis muscle that is bound up by a capsular contracture can give you the sensation of tightness and pulling.


Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Shoulder problems and breasts

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It is highly unlikely that your shoulder problems have anything to do with you having breast implants. 

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants cause shoulder scar tissue problem

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Very hard to examine you over the internet! So seek opinions in person from boarded surgeons. Yes there can be a relationship between the scar tissue in both areas. Get this checked out. From MIAMI Dr. B

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Regarding: "I had implants in 1981, still have them. I know they have encapsulated. Recently, I had rotator cuff surgery and then a capsulated shoulder. I can feel what I think is scar tissue between my right breast and my problematic shoulder. Could the implants have contributed to my shoulder scar tissue problem?" .  There is no medical or anatomical relation, much less causation, between your breast implant scarring and your shoulder issues.

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