Clin Should Elbow.  2016 Jun;19(2):84-89. 10.5397/cise.2016.19.2.84.

Arthroscopic Bridging Repair Using Human Dermis Allografts for Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bumin Hospital, Busan, Korea. zeusibk@naver.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND
The purpose of this study was to assess the results of arthroscopic bridging repair using a human dermis allograft in the treatment of massive irreparable rotator cuff tears.
METHODS
From November 2009 to April 2011, 12 patients underwent arthroscopic bridging repair using a human dermis allograft in the treatment of massive irreparable rotator cuff tears. Patients were followed for an average of 33.9 months. Clinical outcome was evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively using the mean University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) score and the Korean Shoulder Scoring System (KSS). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed postoperatively at an average of 6.5 months.
RESULTS
At a mean follow-up of 33.9 months (range, 25 to 42 months), 11 out of 12 patients were satisfied with their procedure. Patients showed significant improvement in their mean modified UCLA score from 15.9 preoperatively to 29.4 postoperatively (p=0.001). The mean KSS score improved from 45.6 preoperatively to 80.5 postoperatively (p=0.002). In MRI studies, 9 out of 12 patients had full incorporation of the graft into the native rotator cuff remnant. To date, there has been no intraoperative or postoperative complication from the graft procedure, such as infection or allograft rejection, in any patient.
CONCLUSIONS
Arthroscopic bridging repair using a human dermis allograft can be considered as an option in treatment of select cases of massive irreparable rotator cuff tears, resulting in high patient satisfaction.

Keyword

Rotator cuff tear; Massive irreparable; Human dermis allograft; Arthroscopic bridging repair
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