Deep partial rotator cuff tear: transtendon repair or tear completion and repair? A randomized clinical trial

Alessandro Castagna, Mario Borroni, Raffaele Garofalo, Giacomo Delle Rose, Eugenio Cesari, Roberto Padua, Marco Conti, Stefano Gumina

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to compare the clinical and subjective difference between transtendon repair or complete/repair in two homogeneous groups of patients affected by deep partial articular supraspinatus tear.

Methods: Seventy-four patients were randomized in two groups of 37 patients each. The first group (A) was treated with arthroscopic transtendon repair while the second group (B) was treated with an arthroscopic completion of the tear and formal repair. All the patients were revaluated at a minimum 2 years of follow-up with Constant score and Visual Analogic Scale (VAS).

Results: Constant score improved by a mean value of 25 (95 % CI 21–28) (p 

Conclusion: Both repairing techniques of deep partial supraspinatus tear provide good results in terms of function and pain. There were no statistically significant differences between the two techniques.

Level of evidence: Prospective comparative study, Level II.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)460-463
Number of pages4
JournalKnee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Arthroscopy
  • Partial supraspinatus tear
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Transtendon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

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