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Single-row or Double-row Rotator Cuff Repair.

Rotator cuff tears are potentially a career-ending injury for athletes. The surgeon must identify which patients will benefit from surgical repair. The factors to consider are age, type of sport, time since injury, athlete's level, and the patient's expectations. An essential and independent fact determining the surgical treatment is whether the damage is due to overuse or from a traumatic/collision injury. Some sports are more demanding than others resulting in different return-to-participation (RTP) rates. This RTP return rate can present a real challenge and more so by a desire to reach the pre-injury level of play. The incidence of rotator cuff tearing varies from one sport to another. In football players this can be 12% whereas for tennis players this incidence is 4% to 17%. The RTP rate must be considered when making treatment decisions and is influenced by the level of the athlete: for professional athletes, the rate is 61%, and for recreational 73%. When the surgeon and the patient decide on the surgical treatment, the surgeon must consider whether to perform a double-row or a single-row rotator cuff tendon repair. The decision-making and the surgical technique will be addressed.

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