Does Preoperative Conservative Management Affect the Success of Arthroscopic Repair of Partial Rotator Cuff Tear?

Ayanoglu T., ÖZER M., Cetinkaya M., Kaptan A. Y. , Ulucakoy C., ATAOĞLU M. B. , ...More

INDIAN JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDICS, vol.56, no.2, pp.289-294, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s43465-021-00479-2
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL
  • Page Numbers: pp.289-294
  • Keywords: Shoulder, Arthroscopy, Bursal-sided partial rotator cuff tears, Articular-sided partial rotator cuff tears, Conservative treatment, Arthroscopic repair, CLINICAL-OUTCOMES, DEGENERATION, GRADE
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Background The aim of this study is to examine the effect of preoperative conservative treatment on the success of high-grade bursal/articular-sided partial rotator cuff repair. Methods Patients who had undergone shoulder arthroscopy in institution for Ellman Stage 3 bursal-side or articular-side partial tears between January 2008 and April 2018 were investigated retrospectively. This study assessed 201 patients diagnosed with isolated partial rotator cuff tears with a history of failed conservative management and persistent shoulder pain who underwent arthroscopic surgery. The demographic data of patients and pre- and postoperative The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Shoulder Scores (ASES) that were recorded in the archive were evaluated. Results While 55 of the patients with Ellman grade 3 bursal-sided partial tears received preoperative conservative management for at least 6 months (Group 1), 62 of them could not tolerate conservative management and early arthroscopic repair was performed (Group 2). On the other hand, 42 of the patients with Ellman grade 3 articular-sided tears received preoperative conservative management (Group 3), 42 of them could not tolerate preoperative conservative management (Group 4). The mean ASES score improvement was 52.33 +/- 8.55 for Group 1, 54.68 +/- 11.29 for Group 2, 48.4 +/- 7.77 for Group 3 and 49.33 +/- 10.05 for Group 4. A statistically significant difference was found between the groups with one-way ANOVA test (p = 0.05). With the Tukey test, this difference was seen to be caused by Group 2. Conclusion Although there are many factors affecting its success, conservative management should be the first option in the treatment of partial rotator cuff tears. However, we think that it should not be insisted especially in patients with bursal-sided tears (> 50% of the tendon thickness) that cannot tolerate conservative management due to severe pain since the results of early arthroscopic repair of bursal-sided tears were found to be better.