A Novel Arthroscopic Transosseous Procedure for Rotator Cuff Repair: An Economical Freehand Method

Arthrosc Tech. 2021 Oct 16;10(11):e2523-e2529. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2021.07.026. eCollection 2021 Nov.


Open transosseous repair was historically considered the gold-standard surgical solution for rotator cuff tears; however, with advancements in arthroscopic surgery, this procedure was largely replaced by anchor-based techniques. Yet, the ability of anchor-based techniques to achieve similar biomechanical fixation remains uncertain.In this article, we describe a reproducible, economical, arthroscopic anchorless transosseous rotator cuff repair technique that uses an Omega configuration. This technique involves two bone tunnels and four high-strength polyethylene sutures and is suitable for medium-to-large rotator cuff tears that would alternatively need multiple anchors. This procedure not only maximizes the tendon-footprint contact area without using any implanted device but also theoretically lowers the bone laceration rate and is cost effective. In the current Technical Note, the procedure is described in detail along with several tips and tricks.

Classifications: Level I, shoulder; Level II, rotator cuff.