Comparison of pain levels and surgery time for all arthroscopic vs. a true mini open rotator cuff repair
Ferguson, Taylor M.
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As surgical techniques advance and further develop in today’s medical world, it is important to evaluate and compare methods of operation. These evaluations can indicate which surgical techniques are more suitable for shorter surgery times, quicker recovery, and less risk of infection. Two surgical techniques that are compared in this analysis are the true mini open (MO) RCR and the all arthroscopic (AA) RCR. Rotator cuff tears most often occur when there is repetitive use of the shoulder in overhead activities over a long period of time. The present study focused on the comparison of recovery and surgery time for all arthroscopic vs. mini open rotator cuff repair techniques. Based off the experiences of my mentor, we hypothesized that a true mini open rotator cuff repair technique will have shorter operation times with equal or better pain scores in physical therapy.