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Vol:230 Issue:1 Number:1 ISSN#:2564-2537
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ACE Report #14532
Ace Report Cover Shoulder & Elbow

Subacromial Balloon Spacer for Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears

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OrthoEvidence. Subacromial Balloon Spacer for Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears. ACE Report. 2022;230(1):1. Available from:

Study Type:Therapy
OE Level Evidence:1
Journal Level of Evidence:1

Subacromial balloon spacer for irreparable rotator cuff tears of the shoulder (START:REACTS): a group-sequential, double-blind, multicentre randomised controlled trial

Lancet. 2022 Apr 21;S0140-6736(22)00652-3.

Contributing Authors:
Metcalfe Andrew Parsons Helen Parsons Nicholas Brown Jaclyn Fox Josephine Mannion Elke Gemperlé Haque Aminul Hutchinson Charles Kearney Rebecca Khan Iftekhar Lawrence Tom Mason James Stallard Nigel Underwood Martin Drew Stephen team on behalf of the START:REACTS

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117 patients with irreparable rotator cuff tears were randomized to receive debridment plus the insertion of a subacromial balloon spacer (n=56) or debridement only (n=61). The primary outcome of interest was the Oxford Shoulder Score (OSS) at 12 months. Secondary outcomes of interest included the Constant Shoulder Score, range of motion in flexion and abduction, the Western Ontario Rotator Cuff (...

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