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Vol:5 Issue:1 Number:1 ISSN#:2563-559X
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Arthroscopic Versus Mini-open or Open Repair for Rotator Cuff Tear: Powered by OE M.I.N.D.

Authored By: Yaping Chang, Steve Philips, Meng Zhu, Aiden Scholey, Mohit Bhandari On Behalf of OrthoEvidence

Guest Contributor: Moin Khan, MD., MSc., FRCSC, Dip. Sport Med

January 10, 2022

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Rotator cuff tear is a common condition due to overuse or injury. Over 20% of people have suffered rotator cuff tears and over 30% of those who present with shoulder dysfunction and pain may be diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear (Yamamoto et al., 2010). With the aim of getting the tendon to heal, surgical repair, by re-attaching the tendon to the bone, is often a necessary intervention for full-thickness rotator cuff tears and demonstrates improvements in patient function, pain and physical performance (Nazari et al., 2019; Sakha et al., 2021). Arthroscopic, or mini-open / open repair are options for the management of rotator cuff tears. All-arthroscopic techniques begin with an arthroscopic examination of glenohumeral joint and subacromial bursectomy or decompression (removal of damaged tissue, bone spurs, part of the bursa, or other structures). In mini-open surgery, an initial arthroscopic examination maybe performed followed by a deltoid split to expose the rotator cuff tear. In all-arthroscopic techniques, the complete repair is performed using an arthroscope and small skin incisions which are generally less than...
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Frank Smith 2022-01-11 1:33 AM

Orthopaedic Surgeon - Canada

Fascinating but a dilemma about choice! I guess you confidently go with technique you are most comfortable with.