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This article has been peer reviewed. It was published in: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - American Volume.

Volume 96, Issue 14, 16 July 2014, Pages e123.1-e123.7.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.M.00399

Copyright © 2014 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated


Many patients with rotator cuff tears have questions for their surgeons regarding the surgical procedure, perioperative management, restrictions, therapy, and ability to work after a rotator cuff repair. The purpose of our study was to determine common clinical practices among experts regarding rotator cuff repair and to assist them in counseling patients. We surveyed 372 members of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and the Association of Clinical Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons (ACESS); 111 members (29.8%) completed all or part of the survey, and 92.8% of the respondents answered every question. A consensus response (>50% agreement) was achieved on 49% (24 of 49) of the questions. Variability in responses likely reflects the fact that clinical practices have evolved over time based on clinical experience.

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