Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears
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).
- Seida J, Schouten JR, Mousavi SS, et al. Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears, Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 22 (Prepared by University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0023). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; July 2010. AHRQ Publication No. 10-EHC050.
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