Arthroscopic transosseous rotator cuff repair: technical note, outcomes, and complications.


The goal of this study was to review the authors' initial experience with arthroscopic transosseous rotator cuff repair. Thirty-one patients with full-thickness rotator cuff tears underwent arthroscopic transosseous rotator cuff repair over a 15-month period. Preoperatively, demographics and subjective scores were recorded. Postoperatively, pain levels, subjective shoulder values, satisfaction scores, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) scores, complications, and reoperations were noted with a minimum 2-year follow-up. The relationships between pre- and intraoperative variables and outcome scores were determined with univariate analysis. Average patient age was 56 years, and 23 patients (74%) were men. Twenty patients (65%) underwent primary rotator cuff repair, and 11 patients (35%) underwent revision repair. Average time to follow-up was 26 months. Average preoperative pain level and subjective shoulder value were 5.1 of 10 and 35%, respectively. Average postoperative scores included pain level of 0.9 of 10, subjective shoulder value of 84%, satisfaction score of 90.6 of 100, and ASES score of 86.3 of 100. There were 3 (9.7%) major and 2 (6%) minor complications. Patients undergoing revision rotator cuff repair had significantly worse outcomes (pain level, subjective shoulder value, ASES score; P<.05 compared="" with="" those="" undergoing="" primary="" repair="" and="" cortical="" augmentation="" did="" not="" significantly="" affect="" outcome.="" overall="" outcomes="" after="" arthroscopic="" transosseous="" rotator="" cuff="" are="" good="" although="" patients="" revision="" do="" have="" the="" same="" as="" repair.="" procedure="" is="" without="" complications="" major="" minor="" may="" be="" used="" to="" supplement="" fixation="" it="" does="" necessarily="" outcomes.="" such="" at="" increased="" risk="" for="" suture="" cutout="" through="" bone.="">