Management of complications after rotator cuff surgery

Stephen A. Parada, Matthew F. Dilisio, Colin D. Kennedy

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Rotator cuff repair (RCR) is a common procedure performed by orthopedic surgeons via arthroscopic, open, or mini-open techniques. While this surgery is considered to be of low morbidity, several potential complications can arise either intraoperatively or during the postoperative time period. Some of these complications are related to the surgical approach (arthroscopic or open), while others are patient dependent. Many of these complications can be managed through nonoperative means; however, early recognition and timely treatment is essential in limiting the long-term sequela and improving patient outcome. There are several different ways to classify complications after RCR repair: timing, severity, preventability, whether or not the pathology is intra- or extra-articular, and the type of treatment necessary. It is essential that the surgeon is cognizant of the etiology contributing to the failed RCR surgery in order to provide timely and proper management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-52
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Complications
  • Failed surgery
  • Management
  • Rotator cuff tear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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