Complications Following Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair and Reconstruction

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Rotator cuff tears are common in the general population1-3. Many patients with rotator cuff tears remain asymptomatic, but others have pain and functional disability warranting surgical intervention4,5. It has been estimated that 250,000 to 275,000 rotator cuff repairs are performed in the United States annually6,7. Although the advent of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair has produced reliable clinical results, with decreased pain, earlier functional recovery, and lower retear rates as compared with open or mini-open procedures8,9, a number of complications still occur in association with all types of rotator cuff repair, with similar complication rates being observed in association with the different approaches10,11.
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