The Effect of Acromioplasty or Bursectomy on the Results of Arthroscopic Repair of Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears: Does the Acromion Type Affect These Results?

Ozgun Karakus, Ahmet Sinan Sari


Introduction: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of subacromial decompression on the results of full thickness rotator cuff repair applied arthroscopically. Examination was also made of the effect of acromion type on the subacromial decompression procedure in patients applied with arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. Materials and Methods: The study included a total of 150 patients, comprising 102 (68%) females and 48 (32%) males with a full thickness rotator cuff tear repaired arthroscopically. The patients were separated into 3 groups of 50. Group A comprised those with acromioplasty and bursectomy applied additional to the repair. In Group B, only bursectomy was performed additional to the repair and in Group C, only rotator cuff repair was applied. Evaluation was made of the postoperative long-term pain and functional results. Results: The mean age of the cases was 65.63±9.22 years (range, 46-86 years). The affected side was right side in 95 (63.3%) cases and left side in 55 (36.7%). No statistically significant difference was determined between the groups according to the postoperative Constant Murley and ASES scores (p>0.05). In the paired comparisons, the postoperative VAS scores of Group C were higher t...Continue Reading

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