Dual-Row Rotator Cuff Repair
What is the rotator cuff?
How is dual-row surgery different from other procedures?
Traditionally, treatment of rotator cuff injuries has required an open surgical procedure. More recently, minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques have been used to repair tears of the rotator cuff. However, numerous authors have shown that arthroscopic techniques may not fully restore the anatomic "footprint" of the rotator cuff insertion.
"Dual-row" suture anchor fixation technique has been shown to fully restore the anatomic "footprint," provide much stronger fixation strength, and aid durability (which can lead to better healing).
"Dual-row" rotator cuff repair allows significantly less motion between tendon and bone at the repair site interface, employing a more rigid construct when compared to single row suture anchor techniques. It can be viewed as superior to other techniques by providing maximal footprint restoration, more durable fixation, and a more rigid repair, which may be conducive to more complete biologic healing.
Who needs this surgery?
- People who have suffered shoulder trauma
- People who experience shoulder impingement associated with everyday wear and tear or sustained athletic activities