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Indian J Orthop. 2019 May-Jun;53(3):396-401. doi: 10.4103/ortho.IJOrtho_444_17.

Evaluation of Functional Outcome of Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair Using Southern California Orthopedic Institute Technique.

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Department of Orthopaedics, Jehangir Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India.



The number of anchors and modality of fixation to be used has been a point of debate in the arthroscopic management of rotator cuff repair. Southern California Orthopedic Institute (SCOI) technique has shown better anatomical healing of tendons using single-row anchors. In this study, we evaluated the functional outcomes of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair using the SCOI technique, in Indian population.

Materials and Methods:

Thirty two patients (16 males and 16 females) were included in the study, and underwent an arthroscopic repair of small-to-medium-sized rotator cuff tear, at a single institution, for 12 months. Postoperatively, patients were evaluated using UCLA score and Constant-Murley score, and range of motion was analyzed and documented using photographs.


Mean age was 57.06 years, and the most common cause of cuff tear was a traumatic degeneration. Mean UCLA score improved from preoperative 8.75 to postoperative 31.79, at 12 months, with the P < 0.001. Similarly, mean Constant-Murley score improved from preoperative 20.66 to postoperative 81.31, at 12 months, with P < 0.001.


We conclude that the SCOI single-row technique proves to be a good and effective modality of treatment in the arthroscopic management of small-to-medium-sized rotator cuff tears. In Indian population, considering cost-effectiveness, single-row repair of rotator cuff tears using SCOI technique can be an interesting option in its management.


Cost-effectiveness; Southern California Orthopedic Institute technique; rotator cuff; single-row repair

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