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Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears

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Comparative Effectiveness of Operative Repair for Rotator Cuff Tears (2)

In general, the studies showed few differences in function between interventions. However, outcomes differed in these comparisons. There was a moderate level of evidence that patients may return to work or sports approximately 1 month earlier if they have a mini-open repair vs. open repair (p < 0.00001). For the comparison of open repair vs. open or arthroscopic debridement, there is a moderate level of evidence that open repair results in greater improvement in functional outcomes than does debridement alone (p ≤ 0.03).