Shoulder Elbow Surg 2002 May-Jun;11(3):212-8
Structural factors affecting the outcome of rotator cuff repair.
Sonnabend DH, Watson EM.
North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
A retrospective review of 667
rotator cuff tears analyzed structural factors that might influence outcome.
Tear size was not found to be an indicator of likely patient satisfaction, and
concomitant rupture of the biceps tendon did not prejudice the outcome. In
this first reported study of the influences of delamination disease and the
surgical manner in which it is treated, it was found that at least when
treated by interlaminar curettage before repair, cuff delamination did not
appear to prejudice patient satisfaction. The study also found that
tendon-to-tendon and tendon-to-bone repairs fared equally well, as judged by
the criteria used here.