Fewer early complications seen with arthroscopic vs open rotator cuff repair in veteran population

Compared with open repair, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair performed in a veteran population showed significantly lower rates of early postoperative complications and 30-day return to the OR.

Researchers used the Veterans Administration Surgical Quality Improvement Program database to identify 6,975 open rotator cuff repairs and 2,918 arthroscopic cuff repairs performed between 2003 and 2008. Patients in both groups were similar regarding BMI, comorbidities, gender distribution and age.


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