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Outcomes of Double-Row Rotator Cuff Repair Using a Novel All-Suture Soft Anchor Medial Row.

BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined the short-term clinical outcomes of rotator cuff repair (RCR) with all-suture anchors for medial row anchor fixation.

PURPOSE: To evaluate clinical outcomes of double-row suture bridge RCR using a novel all-suture medial row anchor.

STUDY DESIGN: Case series; Level of evidence, 4.

METHODS: We enrolled 179 patients before double-row suture bridge RCR (mean age at surgery, 60.0 years; 63% male patients) at a single institution. All patients underwent RCR with all-suture anchor fixation for the medial row and solid anchor fixation for the lateral row. Preoperative (baseline) and follow-up (minimum follow-up time of 2 years; mean, 2.5 years) clinical outcomes were compared using the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) score and a 10-point numeric pain rating scale (NPRS). We calculated the proportions of patients meeting previously published Patient Acceptable Symptom State (PASS) thresholds for the ASES (≥78.0) and NPRS (≤1.7). We further compared baseline and follow-up outcome scores and the proportions of patients meeting PASS thresholds using paired t tests and McNemar tests, respectively, and calculated effect size to quantify the magnitude of change from baseline to follow-up.

RESULTS: Values significantly improved from baseline to follow-up for ASES (from 45.3 ± 19.8 to 87.3 ± 17.1) and NPRS (from 5.2 ± 2.5 to 1.4 ± 2.1). The proportion of patients meeting PASS thresholds also significantly improved for the ASES (from 6% to 77%) and the NPRS (from 7% to 72%). The magnitude of baseline to follow-up change for all measures was large (all effect sizes ≥1.5).

CONCLUSION: Our study demonstrated excellent short-term clinical outcomes and substantial improvements for patients undergoing double-row suture bridge RCR with all-suture anchors for medial row fixation.

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