RESEARCH ARTICLE


Arthroscopic Double-Row Transosseous Equivalent Rotator Cuff Repair with a Knotless Self-Reinforcing Technique



William R. Mook, Joshua A. Greenspoon, Peter J. Millett*
The Steadman Philippon Research Institute (W.R.M, J.A.G., P.J.M.) and The Steadman Clinic (W.R.M., P.J.M.), Vail, Colorado, U.S.A


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* Address correspondence to this author at the Center for Outcomes-Based Orthopaedic Research (COOR), Steadman Philippon Research Institute, 181 West Meadow Drive Suite 1000 Vail, CO 81657, U.S.A; E-mail: drmillett@thesteadmanclinic.com


Abstract

Background:

Rotator cuff tears are a significant cause of shoulder morbidity. Surgical techniques for repair have evolved to optimize the biologic and mechanical variables critical to tendon healing. Double-row repairs have demonstrated superior biomechanical advantages to a single-row.

Methods:

The preferred technique for rotator cuff repair of the senior author was reviewed and described in a step by step fashion. The final construct is a knotless double row transosseous equivalent construct.

Results:

The described technique includes the advantages of a double-row construct while also offering self reinforcement, decreased risk of suture cut through, decreased risk of medial row overtensioning and tissue strangulation, improved vascularity, the efficiency of a knotless system, and no increased risk for subacromial impingement from the burden of suture knots.

Conclusion:

Arthroscopic knotless double row rotator cuff repair is a safe and effective method to repair rotator cuff tears.

Keywords: Double row, knotless repair, rotator cuff, shoulder transosseous.