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MINERVA ORTOPEDICA E TRAUMATOLOGICA
A Journal on Orthopedics and Traumatology
Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2001 August-October;52(4-5):217-24
language: English, Italian
Open repair of the rotator cuff tear (Results at mean follow-up)
Petruccelli E., Cominetti G., Massè A.
Background. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the results of the open repair of the rotator cuff tear and the possible modification of such results at mean follow-up.
Methods. Fifty-two patients (54 shoulder) were reviewed at a mean follow-up of 48 months (median 51), by using the Constant score and the Simple Shoulder Test (SST).
Results. While the mean values of the variables pain, daily activity and mobility are very close to the top score, that of the variable strength is the one with the lower score; notwithstanding that, the total score is high (75.4/100). As to SST, the number of answers with positive meaning is largely predominant (46.8/54; 90%), even if the two questions regarding the recovery of strength and external rotation showed a low rate of positive answers (both 35/54; 64.8%).
Conclusions. At the time of follow-up 85.2% of the patients was satisfied, while any correlation between the results and the time from the operation was shown.