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Outcomes in Rotator Cuff Repair Using Graft Reinforcement

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Tornier Identifier:
First received: December 1, 2009
Last updated: November 12, 2014
Last verified: November 2014

The purpose of this study is to evaluate patient shoulder functional outcomes following rotator cuff repairs reinforced with a surgical mesh.

Condition Intervention
Rotator Cuff Tear
Device: Conexa Reconstructive Tissue Matrix

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Prospective, Multi-Center, Single-Arm Study to Assess Clinical Outcomes In Primary Open or Mini-Open Rotator Cuff Repair Using Conexa Graft Reinforcement

Further study details as provided by Tornier:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Validated shoulder specific outcome measure [ Time Frame: baseline, post-op months 3, 6, 12, and 24 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    The following shoulder surveys will be employed:

    1. American Shoulder and Elbow Score (ASES)
    2. Constant-Murley Score (not completed at post-op month 3)
    3. Simple Shoulder Test (SST)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Rotator Cuff Re-tear evaluation [ Time Frame: Post-op months 6 and 12 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Subjects will have MRI to assess healing of the repaired tendon at 6 and 12 months post-op. The rate of re-tear will be reported.

Other Outcome Measures:
  • Safety [ Time Frame: All time points ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

    The following safety information will be reported:

    1. related adverse events
    2. Infection (incision; wound, surgical site)
    3. Seroma
    4. Hematoma
    5. Inflammation (surgical site, wound)

Enrollment: 61
Study Start Date: October 2009
Study Completion Date: April 2014
Primary Completion Date: February 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Conexa Reconstructive Tissue Matrix
Conexa will be placed as a soft tissue reinforcement at the rotator cuff repair site
Device: Conexa Reconstructive Tissue Matrix
Conexa will be placed as a soft tissue reinforcement in primary open or mini-open rotator cuff repair procedures
Other Name: Conexa, Conexa TM

Detailed Description:

Conexa is a surgical mesh derived from porcine dermis and processed to produce an acellular dermal matrix. It is designed to perform as a surgical mesh for use as a soft tissue patch to reinforce soft tissue where weaknesses exist and for the surgical repair of damaged or ruptured soft tissue membranes. The purpose of this post-market clinical study is to collect safety and efficacy data when Conexa is used to repair torn tendons of the rotator cuff. Conexa will be used in accordance with its labeling for this clinical study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

The patient:

  1. is an adult male or female between the ages of 40-70 years old;
  2. has repairable primary large retracted two-tendon rotator cuff tears measuring from 3 cm to 5 cm;
  3. requires surgical repair of single rotator cuff (i.e. one limb);
  4. has movement of the non-operative arm defined as shoulder elevation of equal to or greater than 90 degrees and is able to perform postoperative exercises;
  5. is able to return for all scheduled and required study visits;
  6. is able to provide written informed consent for study participation.

Exclusion Criteria:

The patient:

  1. has irreparable large rotator cuff tears that are found intra-operatively. Note: irreparable is defined by the inability to approximate the tendon to the tuberosity without tension;
  2. has a rotator cuff tear < 3cm (measured intra-operatively);
  3. has a rotator cuff tear > 5cm (measured intra-operatively);
  4. has a rotator cuff tear where the subscapularis tendon is disrupted/requires repair;
  5. has grade 3 or 4 fatty infiltration of the rotator cuff;
  6. has had prior surgical repair to the affected shoulder;
  7. is American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Class 4 or 5 (See Appendix I);
  8. is a tobacco user; unless tobacco free 6 months prior to surgery and willing to remain tobacco free for the duration of the study.
  9. has lower limb injuries requiring walking assist devices such as crutches and walkers;
  10. has a known collagen disorder, including systemic lupus erythematous (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), polymyositis, scleroderma, ankylosing spondylitis, dermatomyositis, osteogenesis imperfecta or the inherited disorders of Sjogren, Larsen, Raynaud, Ehlers-Danlos or Marfan syndrome.
  11. has obstacles that pose an inordinately high surgical risk, in the judgment of the certified surgeon;
  12. has co-morbid factors which predispose to postoperative infection, such as insulin dependent diabetes, chronic steroid use, malnourishment, cancer, or co-existent infection;
  13. has a history of alcohol abuse, illicit drug use, significant mental illness, physical dependence to any opioid, or drug abuse or addiction;
  14. is enrolled or plans to enroll in another clinical trial during this study that would affect the patient's safety or results of this trial;
  15. has any of the conditions identified within the labeled contraindications, i.e. sensitivity to porcine derived products or polysorbate.
  16. has an inability to have a closed MRI conducted.
  17. needs a re-operation for a re-tear of the rotator cuff.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01025037

United States, Arizona
Orthopaedic Clinical Association
Phoenix, Arizona, United States, 85016
United States, Illinois
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60612
United States, North Carolina
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
United States, Ohio
New Albany, Ohio, United States, 43054
United States, Pennsylvania
Rotheman Institute
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19107
United States, West Virginia
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States, 26506
Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Director: Joseph Iannotti, MD Cleveland, OH
Study Director: John Sperling, MD Rochester, MN
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Tornier Identifier: NCT01025037     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Tornier-LIFC LFC2008.03.02
Study First Received: December 1, 2009
Last Updated: November 12, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Tornier:
Rotator Cuff Tear, Large, Massive, Rotator, Cuff. Tear processed this record on November 27, 2014