A modified Mason-Allen technique for rotator cuff repair using suture anchors

Arthroscopy. 2003 Mar;19(3):330-3. doi: 10.1053/jars.2003.50079.


An adequate restoration of the muscle-tendon-bone unit is essential for a successful outcome after rotator cuff reconstruction. We describe a suture grasping technique for rotator cuff repair using suture anchors that can be performed either arthroscopically or during open rotator cuff refixation. The technique we use is a combination of a mattress and a single suture, thus representing the principles of a Mason-Allen suture technique. The modified Mason-Allen technique for suture anchor repair is easy to perform and provides excellent initial fixation strength allowing durable osteofibroblastic integration of the reinserted cuff.

MeSH terms

  • Absorbable Implants
  • Arthroscopy / methods*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Bone Transplantation
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Care
  • Prostheses and Implants*
  • Rotator Cuff / surgery*
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rupture / surgery
  • Suture Techniques / instrumentation*
  • Tendons / surgery