Comparing the Outcomes Between Rotator Cuff Repair With and Without Suprascapular Nerve Decompression

  • Interventional
  • Recruiting
  • NCT02107573
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Will Routine Suprascapular Nerve Release During Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair Improve Patient Outcomes?

The purpose of the study is to compare the differences in outcome between the traditional rotator cuff repair surgery and rotator cuff repair with suprascapular nerve decompression surgery.

The suprascapular nerve is intimately related to the function and likely recovery of the rotator cuff musculature. Retracted rotator cuff tears have recently been shown to effect both the physical path in which the suprascapular nerve travels, as well as its physiologic function.

     This study will be a randomized control trial with long term follow up that will add to and elaborate on the positive outcomes reported in other trials. Patients that have a rotator cuff tears with greater than or equal to 1 cm of retraction that have failed conservative treatment and require operative repair will qualify for the study. They will be randomized into two arms: In one arm, patients will undergo suprascapular nerve release immediately after their rotator cuff repair; they will be compared to patients that have rotator cuff repair with no release of the nerve. Post operatively, at different time intervals, patients will be expected to fill out multiple standardized, well established surveys that assess the patients pain level and shoulder function.


Age Group
18 Years and up

Accepting Healthy Volunteers?

Inclusion Criteria:

         - Reparable full thickness supraspinatus and or infraspinatus rotator cuff tears regardless of retraction

        Exclusion Criteria:

         - Patients less than 18 years of age

         - Irreparable rotator cuff tears

At a Glance

National Government IDNCT02107573


Lead SponsorUniversity of Chicago

Lead PhysicianLewis Shi


18 Years and up