Outcomes after arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs

Edward Lee MD, Julie Y. Bishop MD, Jonathan P. Braman MD, Joshua Langford MD, Jonathan Gelber MD and Evan L. Flatow MD

Recently, advances in arthroscopic techniques have allowed shoulder surgeons to perform fully arthroscopic repair of full-thickness tears. Outcome data have shown that improvement is inconsistent between studies. This study performed a retrospective review of 105 consecutive patients who underwent arthroscopic rotator cuff repair from 1999 to 2002. The results showed that increases in range of motion and outcome scores and associated reductions in visual analog scores were all significant. With massive tears, scores and pain were significantly improved. Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair reliably improves functional deficits and pain regardless of tear size. Smaller tears yield significant improvement in American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Constant, and pain scores. Functional improvement was seen with massive tears, but gains in strength and motion were less dramatic.

Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Volume 16, Issue 1, January-February 2007, Pages 1-5

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