ROTATOR CUFF REPAIRS IN ELDERLY PATIENTS

Cost: $15,000

About 600,000 such surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year. The number of surgeries increased by 141% between 1996 and 2006. This surgery is vastly overused on patients who are asymptomatic. Complications include infection, bleeding, re-rupture of the rotator cuff, nerve damage, blood clots, and the need for repeat surgery to correct the first procedure.

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