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Long-Term Outcomes Following Synthetic Patch Augmentation to Treat Rotator Cuff Tears

Vol 9 | Issue 1 | January-June 2023 | page: 01-04 | Florian Hess, JoEllen Welter, Laurenz Jaberg

DOI: https://doi.org/10.13107/ti.2023.v09.i01.031

Authors: Florian Hess [1], JoEllen Welter [1], Laurenz Jaberg [2]

[1] Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Cantonal Hospital Frauenfeld, Frauenfeld, Switzerland.

[2] Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Clinica Ars Medica, Gravesano, Switzerland.

Address of Correspondence

Dr. Florian Hess,

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology Cantonal Hospital Frauenfeld, Frauenfeld, Switzerland.

E-mail: florian.hess@stgag.ch


Background: Treatment of massive rotator cuff (RC) tears can result in re-rupture rates up to 94%, and some studies have detected re-ruptures occurring 3.5 years postoperatively. This study aimed to compare long-term clinical outcomes, measured at two time points, after massive RC tears with patch augmentation.

Methods: We performed 58 arthroscopic RC reconstructions augmented with a synthetic polyester patch between 2012 and 2014. 50 patients were available for long-term follow-up one and five years after surgery. We compared clinical outcomes (Constant-Murley score (CS) and subjective shoulder value (SSV)) to assess if the results were sustained over time.

Results: 86% (50/58) of the patients were assessed at the one- and five-year follow-up visits. The median CS one year postoperative reached 84 (interquartile range 76.5-90), and SSV was 95 (IQR 82.5-100). The median CS five years after surgery was 85 (IQR 81.5-91.5) and SSV was 95 (IQR 85-100). The clinical improvement between postoperative years one and five was statistically significant for CS (p=0.0013) and SSV (p<0.0001).

Conclusions: Rotator cuff repair with polyester patch augmentation achieved good clinical outcomes over the long term. Clinical improvement continued over time, with slightly more favorable results measured at the five-year follow-up visits.

Keywords: Massive rotator cuff tears, Augmentation, Patch, Shoulder, Arthroscopy


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How to Cite this article: Hess F, Welter J, Jaberg L | Long-term Outcomes Following Synthetic Patch Augmentation to Treat Rotator Cuff Tears | January-June 2023; 9(1): 01-04 | https://doi.org/10.13107/ti.2023.v09.i01.031


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