The aim of our study was to define if Arthroscopic Transosseous Rotator Cuff Techniques should have comparable results to those of the suture-anchors technique in a single row configuration. We reported the preliminary results of a consecutive population of 22 patients who underwent a rotator cuff treatment on the left and right sides for average medium-sized thickness tears with minimal fatty infiltration with the two different techniques: transosseous rotator cuff repair technique on one side and single row with suture-anchors on the other side, in different times. Subjective evaluation with DASH questionnaires, Constant Scores and Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) for pain evaluation, have been submitted pre and postoperatively after both operations. A statistical analysis was performed to assess the superiority of one technique and to compare pre and postoperative ROM data and clinical outcomes. A transosseous rotator cuff repair was performed in 7 patients on the dominant arm, while the other 15 patients had dominant arm cuff tear lesions repaired by using suture-anchors technique. At last follow-up a significant improvement, in shoulder pain and function, was referred at both sides. Also, DASH, Constant Scores and NRS for pain evaluation improved with both techniques, but no statistical difference was found between them. Arthroscopic transosseous rotator cuff repair technique shows comparable results to those of the suture-anchors technique in a single row configuration.
Garofalo Raffaele;De Giorgi Silvana.
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