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2021 Jul

J Hip Preserv Surg



Short-term outcomes following mini-open repair of chronic gluteus medius tendon tears using a double-row technique.


Barrera M, Bothorel H, Poultsides L, Christofilopoulos P
J Hip Preserv Surg. 2021 Jul; 8(2):202-208.
PMID: 35145719.


Gluteal tendon tears represent a common but underreported cause of lateral hip pain and dysfunction. In case of conservative management failure, a surgical procedure must be performed to relieve patient symptoms. Current operative treatments, either open or endoscopic, have been however associated with different drawbacks which led to the introduction of the mini-open technique. The aim of this study was to evaluate and report the short-term outcomes of patients operated through the aforementioned surgical technique for gluteus medius (GM) chronic tears. We retrospectively analysed the records of 14 consecutive patients operated at the La Tour hospital by mini-open repair using a double-row technique for full-thickness GM chronic tears. Intra- and post-operative complications were recorded. The pre- and post-operative pain on visual analogue scale (pVAS), modified Harris Hip score (mHHS), abduction strength and gait dysfunction were assessed for all patients. Pre- and post-operative values were compared to evaluate whether improvements were statistically significant and clinically relevant. The study cohort comprised 13 women (93%) and 1 man (3%) aged 62.4 ± 18.0 at index surgery. No intra- or post-operative complications were noted. Compared to pre-operative values, patients reported a significant improvement in mHHS (59.1 ± 7.1 vs 92.7 ± 4.6) and pVAS (7.4 ± 1.0 vs 1.3 ± 1.3) at last follow-up. Patients exhibited a perfect improvement in muscle strength (3.6 ± 0.5 vs 5.0 ± 0.0), and the proportion of patients with a positive Trendelenburg sign decreased from 71% to 0%. Mini-open repair of chronic GM tendon tears using a double-row technique demonstrated excellent clinical and functional outcomes at short follow-up. : IV.