ARTHROSCOPIC REPAIRS FOR PARTIAL AND FULL-THICKNESS ROTATOR CUFF TEARS: A COMPARISON OF TWO GROUPS

ARTHROSCOPIC REPAIRS FOR PARTIAL AND FULL-THICKNESS ROTATOR CUFF TEARS: A COMPARISON OF TWO GROUPS 

Tăng Hà Nam Anh*, M.D., Bùi Hồng Thiên Khanh*, M.D., Lê Tường Viễn**,M.D., Dương Đình Triết**, M.D.

 

Background
Nowadays, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is the most common technique for treatment rotator cuff  tears. There are many reports about rotator cuff repairs but few of them have compared two groups.
Purpose
To compare the results of arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs for partial-thickness rotator cuff tears (PTRCT) and for full-thickness rotator cuff tears (FTRCT).
Materials and Methods
Prospective serial follow-up study. Of 75 consecutive patients who were treated with arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, 27 patients who were followed-up for minimum of 6 months were enrolled in study. The average age of the patients was ? years, and the mean duration of follow-up was ? months. The group of PTRCT had ? patiens and group of FTRCT ? patients.
Results
The PTRCT group showed changes in scores from average 69,1 points of pre-op Constant score to 88,6 post-op points and attained average 28,27 points of UCLA score. The FTRCT group showed changes from average 65,7 points to 92,9 points and attained  30,6 points of UCLA score. There were no significant differences between the 2 groups ( P>0.05). There are ameliorations in two groups in pain and rang of motion of shoulder. The results showed that 72% of the total patients showed good to excellent results and 24% fair results, once case with poor results.
Conclusions
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair could be a good technique for all partial and full-thickness rotator cuff tears.
Level of evidence: level IV. Key words: rotator cuff, partial-thickness tears, full-thickness tears, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, shoulder.