Mini-open repair of full-thickness rotator cuff injuries expedites recovery and QOL
A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Open to Arthroscopic Acromioplasty With Mini-Open Rotator Cuff Repair for Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears Disease-Specific Quality of Life Outcome at an Average 2-Year Follow-UpAm J Sports Med. 2008 Jun;36(6):1043-51. Epub 2008 Mar 19
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73 patients with full-thickness tears of the rotator cuff were randomized to repair using a mini-open (scope mini-open) or open procedure. Follow-up at two years indicated there were no differences in long term functional and clinical outcomes. However, at short term 3 and 6 month follow-ups, the scope mini-open procedure provided superior rotator cuff specific quality of life scores.
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