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Rev Esp Cir Ortop Traumatol. 2018 May - Jun;62(3):157-167. doi: 10.1016/j.recot.2017.12.004. Epub 2018 Mar 30.

Outcomes of rotator cuff augmentation surgery with autologous fascia lata.

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Área de Traumatología, Hospital de Torrecárdenas, Almería, España. Electronic address:
Área de Radiodiagnóstico, Hospital de Torrecárdenas, Almería, España.
Departamento de Anatomía, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Granada, Granada, España.



To evaluate whether augmentation grafts using autologous fascia lata improve functional results for rotator cuff repairs and reduce the retear rate compared to those without augmentation.


This is a prospective evaluation comprising 20 patients with a complete symptomatic rotator cuff tear. The operations were carried out from a superior approach performing a total cuff repair, for 10 patients we used a suture augmented with an autologous graft taken from their own fascia lata while unaugmented sutures were used for the other 10 patients. The follow-up period lasted for one year post-intervention. We measured variables for tear type, functionality and pain, both baseline and at 6 and 12-month follow ups. We evaluated retear incidence in each group as well as each group's pain and functionality response.


The improved pain levels in the non-graft group evolved gradually over time. Conversely, in the group with the augmentation grafts, average Constant-Murley shoulder outcome scores at six months were already above 10 and were maintained at 12 months. One retear occurred in the graft group and 2 in the group without grafts, thus presenting no significant differences. There were no significant changes in pain and function values at the one year follow up in either group.


Our preliminary results regarding rotator cuff augmentation surgery with autologous fascia lata showed a significant improvement in pain levels after 6 months compared to the patients with no augmentation, who required 12 months to reach the same values. After a year of follow up, there were no differences between the mean Constant and pain scores in either intervention group The number of retears in the non-graft group was greater than that in the group with grafts although the difference was not significant.


Augmentation; Aumento; Fascia lata; Hombro; Lesiones del manguito de los rotadores; Rerroturas; Retear; Rotator cuff tear; Shoulder

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