Complications of rotator cuff repair

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Although rare, complications of rotator cuff repair surgery can be severe. The most severe complications include deltoid detachment, axillary nerve injury, anterior-superior instability, and infection. With the possible exception of infection, all of these complications can be avoided with proper adherence to surgical principles. Treatment with revision procedures is technically demanding but can bring significant pain relief. Functional gains also can occur but are less predictable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalTechniques in Orthopaedics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997


  • Anterior-superior instability
  • Axillary nerve injury
  • Complications
  • Decompression
  • Deltoid detachment
  • Infection
  • Rotator cuff tears


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