Patient characteristics affect rotator cuff outcomes

By Peter Pollack

Age and tear size are predictors for healing

Do women have worse outcomes after rotator cuff repair than men? Is surgery more successful among younger patients? What impact does tear size or use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have on healing? These were the questions that Barrett S. Brown, MD, and his colleagues hoped to answer with their prospective study evaluating the effect of patient characteristics on outcomes of arthroscopic treatment of rotator cuff repair.

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