Experience in Arthroscopic Treatment of Massive Rotator Cuff Injuries in Elderly Patients

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Arthroscopic treatment results for 6 elderly patients (mean age 64 years) with massive (over 5 cm) nonreconstructable rotator cuff tear are presented. In all cases fatty degeneration of the rotator cuff tendon above 3 rd degree by Goutallier classification was present. In all patients elbow arthroscopy with implantation of InSpace Balloon into subacromial space was performed. Mean score by UCLA scale made up 14 (12-15) preoperatively and over 30 in 6 months after intervention that corresponded to a good and excellent result. Preliminary results indicate that applied technique is a simple, mini-invasive and effective intervention enabling to reduce pain and increase range of movements in this group of patients.

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A. A Kubashev

City Clinical Hospital №12, Moscow, Russia

Email: alexander@kubashev.ru

F. L Lazko

City Clinical Hospital №12, Moscow, Russia

E. A Belyak

City Clinical Hospital №12, Moscow, Russia

A. P Prizov

City Clinical Hospital №12, Moscow, Russia

E. Sh Lomtatidze

City Clinical Hospital №12, Moscow, Russia

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