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Arthroscopy. 1994 Feb;10(1):54-60.

Arthroscopically assisted rotator cuff repair: correlation of functional results with integrity of the cuff.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine 90024-6902.


Thirty-three patients (35 full-thickness rotator cuff tears) who underwent arthroscopically assisted mini open repair between June 1987 and January 1990 were evaluated for shoulder function and cuff integrity. The study population was composed of 19 women and 14 men with an average age of 63 years (range 35-76) and an average follow-up of 3.7 years (range 2.5-5.1). Functional results were obtained using the UCLA Shoulder Rating Scale. Integrity of the rotator cuff was established by shoulder arthrography at a minimum 2 years postoperatively. UCLA Shoulder Rating Scale showed 86% good/excellent results with 92% patient satisfaction. The shoulder arthrography showed 12 (34%) full-thickness tears, seven (20%) partial tears, and 16 (46%) no tears. The size of the arthrographic defect correlated well with the size of the intraoperative tear. Seventy percent of the large tears had follow-up full-thickness defects and 80% of the small tears had no defect. Eighty percent and 88% good/excellent functional results were achieved in patients with full-thickness defects and no defects, respectively, without significant differences. The size of the tear at the time of the repair is a major determinant of the integrity of the cuff after repair. The integrity of the cuff at follow-up does not determine the functional outcome of the operated shoulder.

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