Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair Compared to Open Surgery

Researchers Walton and Murrell in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery recently published results from a 2+ year study comparing patients who had arthroscopic rotator cuff repair (RCR) with those undergoing open RCR. Results found that while pain measurements between the groups were similar, those with arthroscopic RCR experienced less extreme pain, lower rates of severe night pain, and higher levels of satisfaction with the condition of their shoulder than those who underwent open RCR.  Another benefit of arthroscopic RCR included faster recovery of range of motion and strength.


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