- Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Foundation

Rotator Cuff Study

Rotator cuff tendon pathology and tears are a major cause of pain and disability. However, the pathenogenesis of these tears is currently unknown, but two theories have been proposed. The first involves extrinsic impingement through mechanical compression by surrounding structures and the second relating to intrinsic tendon degeneration (tedinopathy).

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between gross tendon appearance, histologic appearance and the overall surgical outcome at a minimum of one year. With this information we plan to develop an algorithm to objectively predict patient outcome at the time of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair

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