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A study published online in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery looks at unplanned visits to the emergency department (ED) following elective outpatient rotator cuff repair (RCR). 

The researchers reviewed data on 1,306 outpatient RCRs performed at a single healthcare system. They found that 90 RCR patients returned to the ED or an urgent care center within 7 days, 34 for avoidable diagnoses. The researchers found that pain was the most common avoidable diagnosis, but also noted that return visits for urinary retention were significantly more common among RCR patients compared to a control cohort of 5,825 non-RCR patients. Learn more...