The modified Mason-Allen suture technique has a strong tissue holding property as it creates a rip stop which prevents tendon pull-out. As our most of patients come from lower socio economic strata, we use Ethibond suture with modified Mason Allen technique to repair medium size rotator cuff tear. The objective of our study is to evaluate clinical outcomes of modified Mason-Allen technique for mini open rotator cuff repair using Ethibond nonabsorbable suture.
Methods: This is case series in which we prospectively studied 23 patients of rotator cuff tear who treated with modified Mason-Allen suture technique using Ethibond suture and mini open approach in between June 2015 to August 2017. All patients were evaluated using Constant score at 6,12 months.
Results: The preoperative mean Constant score was 54. The mean Constant score at six months was 78. Two patients were lost to follow-up after 8 months. After 12 months, mean Constant score improved to 90.We experienced re-tear in one patient and post operative superficial infection in one patient.
Conclusions: A modified Mason-Allen technique with nonabsorbable suture is good alternate treatment method for medium size rotator cuff tear and it's also very cost effective.