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2022 Jan-Mar

JBJS Essent Surg Tech



Isolated Bioinductive Arthroscopic Repair of Partial-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears Using a Resorbable Collagen Implant.



Over 300,000 rotator cuff repairs are performed annually in the United States, where the annual financial burden of managing shoulder pain has been estimated to be $3 billion. Despite advances in surgical techniques, retear rates range from 39% to 94%. Partial-thickness tears are approximately twice as common as full-thickness tears and can lead to considerable pain and loss of function. Although some partial-thickness tears can be treated nonoperatively, spontaneous healing is unlikely when >50% of the bursal/articular-sided tendon thickness is involved, and thus nonoperative treatment would be unsuccessful. Regeneten (Smith & Nephew) is a bioinductive type-1 collagen implant that can be utilized to repair a partial-thickness rotator cuff tear without formal tendon-bone reattachment. Because this implant does not require tendon-bone reattachment, treatment does not typically entail prolonged rehabilitation. At 2 years postoperatively, this implant has been shown to significantly improve functional outcomes and tendon thickness without any serious adverse events.