Clin Pain.  2020 Dec;19(2):64-69. 10.35827/cp.2020.19.2.64.

Postoperative Ultrasound Findings of the Rotator Cuff Tendon after Arthroscopic Repair of a Rotator Cuff Tear

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea


Ultrasound (US) imaging is an efficient, easy to use, rapid, dynamic, noninvasive, with rare side-effects and inexpensive tool allowing for facilitated diagnosis and management of the painful shoulder. It also has advantages over other imaging modalities in the evaluation of the postoperative shoulder for rotator cuff integrity and correct anchor and suture placement, as well as rotator cuff analysis following repair surgery. Early postoperative tendons frequently had a hypo- echoic echo texture and the absence of a fibrillar pattern, which might be misinterpreted as recurrent tears. however, these features often normalized into tendons with an increased echo texture and the reappearance of a fibrillar pattern at 6 months. Based on these sequential findings, the US findings within 3 months after surgery should be interpreted with caution to accurately understand and monitor the repaired tendon status.


Rotator cuff; Tear; Musculoskeletal ultrasound; Repair
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