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Journal of the Korean Shoulder and Elbow Society 2009;12(2):180-188.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5397/CiSE.2009.12.2.180    Published online December 31, 2009.
Outcome of Arthroscopic Suture Bridge Technique for Rotator Cuff Tear: Short Term Clinical Outcome In Full-thickness Tear With Fatty Degeneration Less Than Moderate Degree
Sang Jin Cheon, Joon Oh Hur, Jeung Tak Suh, Chong Il Yoo
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan, Korea. scheon@pusan.ac.kr
회전근 개 파열에 대한 관절경적 교량형 봉합술의 결과: 지방 변성이 중등도 이하인 전층 파열에 대한 단기 추시 임상적 결과
부산대학교 의과대학 정형외과학교실
We evaluate the short-term clinical outcome of arthroscopic rotator cuff tendon repair with suture-bridge technique in patients with full thickness rotator cuff tear. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 29 (male:17, female:12) consecutive shoulders treated with this index procedure and early rehabilitation were enrolled. Mean age was 56.4 years (range, 34~73 years) and mean follow-up period was 13 months (range, 12-15 months). Clinical outcomes were evaluated by using the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) score, the Korean Shoulder Scoring System (KSS) and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). Postoperative cuff integrity was evaluated through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and categorized by Sugaya classification.
Postoperative UCLA scores improved from16.4 to 31.6 (p< 0.05) and KSS scores showed 88 at 6 months and 92 at last follow up. Preoperative VAS score was 8.6, which was decreased to 2.1 at 3 months and 1.4 at 6 months postoperatively. 28 patients (96.5%) had increase in range of motion. The follow up MRI was taken in 15 shoulders and the cuff integrity was type I in 6 cases, type II in 7, type III in 1 and type V in 1 by Sugaya classification.
Arthroscopic suture-bridge technique resulted in good or excellent clinical outcome in 96.5% of the cases, so we think this technique is one of the reliable procedure for full-thicknes rotator cuff tear.
Key Words: Rotator cuff tendon; Full-thickness tear; Arthroscopic suture-bridge technique
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