HEALING RATES AND FUNCTIONAL OUTCOMES AFTER TRIPLE-LOADED SINGLE-ROW VERSUS TRANSOSSEOUS-EQUIVALENT DOUBLE-ROW ROTATOR CUFF TENDON REPAIR

HEALING RATES AND FUNCTIONAL OUTCOMES AFTER TRIPLE-LOADED SINGLE-ROW VERSUS TRANSOSSEOUS-EQUIVALENT DOUBLE-ROW ROTATOR CUFF TENDON REPAIR

Although healing rates and outcomes of arthroscopic single-row rotator cuff repairs have been compared with double-row repairs, none have utilized triple-loaded anchors.
To compare healing and function after single-row repairs with triple-loaded anchors versus double-row repairs with a suture-bridge technique.

BACKGROUND:
Although healing rates and outcomes of arthroscopic single-row rotator cuff repairs have been compared with double-row repairs, none have utilized triple-loaded anchors.

PURPOSE:
To compare healing and function after single-row repairs with triple-loaded anchors versus double-row repairs with a suture-bridge technique.

STUDY DESIGN:
Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3.

METHODS:
A single surgeon performed arthroscopic rotator cuff repair on 47 consecutive patients with an easily reducible full-thickness rotator cuff tear of medium size (1-3 cm). A retrospective cohort study was performed in which the first 25 patients underwent repair with a double-row suture-bridge (DRSB) technique.

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