Date: December, 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Results on the effectiveness of PRP supplementation in arthroscopic rotator cuff repair are conflicting, making it difficult to draw definitive conclusions.

METHODS:

This was a prospective, randomized, and double-blind study with two groups of 20 patients each (PRP group and control group). Degenerative supraspinatus full-thickness tears grade C2-C3 were subjected to arthroscopic repair; PRP supplementation was given to patients in the PRP group. The outcomes were assessed by DASH, Constant scales, and ultrasound before and 6 months after surgery. Pain measured by VAS was evaluated preoperatively and 7 and 30 days after surgery.

RESULTS:

The two groups did not differ significantly by age, sex, and dominance of the affected side. In all surgical procedures, a long head of the biceps tenotomy and single-row repair were performed. The preoperative VAS was 5.6 ± 2.4 in PRP group and 6.4 ± 1.5 in the control group (p > 0.05). The group supplemented with PRP reported a VAS significantly better in the first week (2.5 ± 1.9 vs 5.3 ± 2.1, p < 0.05) and during the first month after surgery (1.5 ± 1.0 vs 3.2 ± 1.7, p < 0.05) compared to the control group. The preoperative Constant and DASH scores were 39.95 ± 12 and 51 ± 15.2, respectively, in the PRP group and 41 ± 11 (p > 0.05) and 45 ± 12.6 (p > 0.05) in the control group. The average Constant score improved significantly after 6 months to 81 ± 11.2 (p < 0.05) in the PRP group and 78.5 ± 9 (p < 0.05) in the control group. No differences were noted between the two groups (p > 0.05). The DASH score after 6 months was 17.4 ± 8 (p < 0.05) for the treatment group (the PRP group) and 21 ± 8.4 (p < 0.05) for the control group. No statistically significant differences were found as regards the DASH score in the two groups after 6 months (p > 0.05). The two groups showed no differences in the ultrasound evaluation after 6 months either. No re-ruptures occurred in either group.

CONCLUSIONS:

PRP leads to a reduction in pain during a short-term follow-up. Pain reduction allows for a more rapid recovery of mobilization and improvement in functionality.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE:

Randomized controlled trial, Level of evidence, 1.