A comparison of full arthroscopic and arthroscopic-assisted mini-open repair methods in rotator cuff tears 1-3 cm in size
Introduction: Retrospective evaluation of rotator cuff repair with arthroscopic or arthroscopic-assisted mini-open methods for a diagnosis of non-retracted rotator cuff tear. Materials and methods: A total of 45 patients underwent rotator cuff repair; Group 1 (n=24) with arthroscopic-assisted mini-open method and Group 2 (n=21) with full arthroscopic method. Results: Within both Group 1 and Group 2, a statistically significant results is p=0.001. The patients of Group 2 were seen to return to daily life earlier than those of Group 1 (p=0.001). Conclusions: Patients where full arthroscopic repair was applied, there was evidence of an earlier return to daily life. Level of evidence: IV, retrospective comparative study.