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Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears

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Comparative Effectiveness or Operative Repair for Rotator Cuff Tears

In general, the studies showed few differences in function between interventions. Analysis of comparative studies provided a moderate level of evidence that functional patient outcomes were similar across each of the following surgical interventions: open vs. mini-open; mini-open vs. arthroscopic; open or mini-open vs. arthroscopic; and arthroscopic with or without acromioplasty. The strength of evidence was low for the remaining comparisons examined in the studies, precluding any conclusions regarding their comparative effectiveness.