Arthroscopic cuff repair remains problematic

Addition of platelet-rich fibrin matrix doesn’t improve clinical results

In a prospective, randomized study, the addition of platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) during arthroscopic repair of the rotator cuff did not significantly improve perioperative morbidity or clinical results, according to a paper presented at the 2010 AAOS Annual Meeting.

“Early, anecdotal studies have suggested both improved healing rates and improvement in perioperative morbidity with PRFM,” said study author Stephen C. Weber, MD, “but within the power of this study, PRFM was not shown to significantly improve perioperative morbidity, and early follow-up did not show significant improvement in structural integrity.”

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