Repair of Massive Rotator Cuff Tears

Superior Capsule Reconstruction vs Partial Repair of Massive Rotator Cuff Tears

Little evidence exists to guide treatment in patients with massive irreparable rotator cuff tears (MRCTS). Arthroscopic partial rotator cuff repair (PRCR) has the longest record of use. The new technique of superior capsular reconstruction (SCR) has more recently been described. Despite high enthusiasm for this technique, it's effectiveness, cost, and safety profile has not been established. The long-term goal of this study is to perform a multicenter randomized control trial to evaluate the effectiveness of SCR compared to PRCR in patients with MRCTS. The current study is a pilot required to support the development of an expanded formal clinical trial.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Recruiting patients only

Procedure - Superior Capsule Reconstruction

Residual rotator cuff defect is reconstructed with a dermal allograft secured to the glenoid and humeral head.

Procedure - Partial Repair

Rotator cuff is repaired with residual defect left remaining.

Arthroscopic Partial Repair vs. Superior Capsular Reconstruction for Massive Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears: A Pilot Randomized Control Trial