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Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
Print version ISSN 0102-3616
MIYAZAKI, Alberto Naoki et al. Evaluation of the results from arthroscopic repair on rotator cuff injuries among patients under 50 years of age. Rev. bras. ortop. [online]. 2011, vol.46, n.3, pp.276-280. ISSN 0102-3616. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-36162011000300008.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the results from arthroscopic surgical treatment of rotator cuff injuries among patients under 50 years of age. METHODS: Sixty-three patients with rotator cuff injuries who underwent arthroscopic surgical treatment performed by the Shoulder and Elbow Group of the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, in the Fernandinho Simonsen wing of Santa Casa Medical School, São Paulo, between August 1998 and December 2007, were reassessed. The study included all patients with rotator cuff injuries who were under 50 years of age and had been followed up postoperatively for at least 24 months. RESULTS: According to the UCLA evaluation criteria, 59 patients (92%) showed excellent and good results; five (8%) showed fair results; and none showed poor results. The postoperative evaluation showed that the mean range of motion was 145˚ for elevation, 47˚ for lateral rotation and T10 for medial rotation. Unsatisfactory results were associated with prolonged duration of the injury, with a statistically significant relationship. CONCLUSION: Arthroscopic repair of rotator cuff injuries in young patients produces excellent or good results for most patients.
Keywords : Rotator Cuff; Arthroscopy; Evaluation Studies.