UPI—March 3, 2009
Even if tears recur, patients with rotator cuff repair surgery had long-term benefits, U.S. researchers said.
The study, was presented at the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine Specialty Day in Las Vegas, evaluated a group of 15 patients approximately eight years after they received rotator cuff repair.
"We initially tested the patients at three years after their surgery and found that those with a recurrence of a tear were doing well," study lead author Dr. Christopher Dodson of Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City said in a statement. "The study analyzed whether having the original surgery produced any long-term benefits for the patient."
After completing four assessment surveys, 11 patients were re-examined with ultrasound testing. The researchers found those with recurrent rotator cuff defects were still better off than they were before the surgery in terms of pain, function and strength.
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