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Clinics in Shoulder and Elbow 2010;13(2):181-187.
DOI:    Published online December 31, 2010.
Clinical Results of Arthroscopic Repair of Full-thickness Rotator Cuff Tear Using Suture Bridge Technique
Jae Sung Seo, Sung Hyuk Park, Won Ho Kim
1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea.
2Kang Nam Hospital, Korea.
관절경적 교량형 봉합 술식을 통한 회전근 개 전층 파열의 치료결과
영남대학교 의과대학 정형외과학교실, 강남병원
To determine clinical results for arthroscopic repair of a full-thickness rotator cuff tear using a suture bridge technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between November, 2007 and October, 2008, we evaluated 90 cases of arthroscopic middle, large rotator tear cuff repair. The mean follow-up period was 15 months (range, 12-23 months). Forty-three cases had medium-sized tears; 47 cases had large-sized tears. At the preoperative stage and again at last follow-up, functional results were assessed by the KSS, ASES, UCLA and the PVAS (Pain visual analogue score).
Pain score improved from 2.56 preoperatively to 0.96 at final follow-up; movement scores improved from 6.94 to 1.70. At. final follow-up, the average UCLA score improved from 17.08 to 31.17 with 31 excellent (34%), 49 good (54%) and 10 poor results (12%). The final UCLA score was 31.47 in the group less than 60 years of age and 30.69 in the group over 61 years of age (p=0.344). The UCLA score was 31.23 in those with medium-sized tears and 31.11 in those with large-sized tears (p=0.924). The UCLA score was 31.10 in non-trauma patients and 31.23 in trauma patients (p=0.929).
Arthroscopic repair of a full-thickness rotator cuff tear using a suture bridge technique can produce excellent clinical results. These outcomes are not affected by age or trauma history.
Key Words: Shoulder; Rotator cuff tear; Arthroscopic repair; Suture bridge technique


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