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Background

Although being the historical gold standard for rotator cuff repair, open transosseous (TO) repair was largely replaced by anchor-based methods with the advent of arthroscopic surgery owing to their comparative ease of use. However, suture anchors are at risk of dislodgement, especially among older patients, who have more osteopenic bone or those presenting large tears. Considering the ever-increasing active life expectancy and associated increased quality of life expectations by older generations, the need to offer safe and efficient surgical treatments to these patients imposes itself. Arthroscopic TO repairs would combine the best of both worlds and be well adapted to these populations. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the functional outcome and complication rate of the TO arthroscopic repair technique when using a 2-mm braided suture tape. The secondary objective of this study was to assess functional outcome of TO repair in older patients and patients with >3-cm tears.

To learn more, read the full article written by Jean-Étienne Beauchamp and Dr Marc Beauchamp, MD, FRCSC on JSES International.