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The European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS) 2018 Meeting, PART 2, Galway, Ireland, September 2018.


The treatment of massive chronic tears is problematic. The re-tear rate following surgery for extensive cuff tears remains high, and there is little consensus regarding optimum treatment. To investigate the outcome of a cohort of patients who had open repair of an extensive cuff tear using the Leeds Kuff patch as an augment. A retrospective cohort study of consecutive patients with a massive cuff tear who had surgery in our regional elective orthopaedic centre over a two year period from January 2015 to Dec 2016. All patients followed identical rehabilitation protocols, supervised by physiotherapists with an interest in the shoulder. Outcomes assessment was undertaken at a minimum of 12 months by a registrar or physiotherapist who was not part of the treating team. Pre-op data collection included; range of motion, pain score, Oxford shoulder score (OSS), assessment of muscle atrophy on MRI. Data collection was completed in 15 patients. The mean age was 62 yrs (56 – 75). The mean pre-op OSS was 22, improving to a mean of 43. The range of motion and pain score improved. There were no intra-operative complications. One patient required a second surgery for evacuation of a haematoma at 10 days post op. One patient had an obvious re-tear at 4 months. Open rotator cuff repair with synthetic Kuff patch augmentation for chronic degenerative tears appears worthwhile when assessed at 12 months and they continuous to improve even at 18 months. This treatment method may be a useful option for patients > 70 years old.