Cell and Tissue Banking

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 1–10 | Cite as

Retears and complication rates after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair with scaffolds: a systematic review

  • Riccardo D’AmbrosiEmail author
  • Vincenza Ragone
  • Guido Comaschi
  • Federico Giuseppe Usuelli
  • Nicola Ursino
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The goal of repairing rotator cuff injuries is an anatomical procedure without tension repair. Considering the high percentage of re-rupture after large and massive lesions repair, numerous surgical solutions have been proposed. The purpose of this systematic review was to present retears and complication rates following arthroscopic treatment of rotator cuff pathology with scaffolds. A systematic review of the existing literature was performed to identify all studies dealing with arthroscopic rotator cuff repair using scaffolds. Two independent investigators performed the research using MEDLINE, Scopus, Embase and Cochrane Databases (1950 to January 2018). The search terms used were “arthroscopic” OR “arthroscopy” AND “rotator cuff” AND “augmentation” OR “scaffold” OR “patch” OR “matrix” OR “xenograft” OR “allograft” OR “autograft”. A total of 10 articles met our inclusion criteria. Mean age at surgery was 61.92 years and size lesion ranged from small-intermediate lesion (3–6 mm) to irreparable/massive lesion. In 19 (10.67%) cases surgery was performed on recurrent rotator cuff repair with failed previous repair. Mean follow-up was 24.70 months. On 178 shoulders repaired, 32 (17.97%) reported a retear. As regards complications rate a total of 18 (10.11%) were noted. In conclusion, this review shows arthroscopic rotator cuff repair with scaffold can be considered an effective and safe treatment particularly for large or masive rotator cuff lesions, potentially able to provide clinical improvement.


Rotator cuff Arthroscopy Scaffold Patch Augmentation Graft Autograft Massive lesion Xenograft Autograft 


Author contributions

All authors equally contributed to this paper, in terms of the conception and design of the study, literature review and analysis, drafting and critical revision and editing, and final approval of the final version.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

Dr. Usuelli reports personal fees from Integra and Geistlich, grants and personal fees from Zimmer, outside the submitted work. Dr. D’Ambrosi, Dr. Ragone, Dr. Comaschi, and Dr. Ursino declares that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico GaleazziU.O. C.A.S.C.OMilanItaly
  2. 2.IRCCS Policlinico San DonatoSan Donato MilaneseItaly
  3. 3.Università degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly

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