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Pilot Study of the Use of ULTRABRAID PLUS SUTURE in the Repair of Tears of the Rotator Cuff

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Smith & Nephew, Inc. Identifier:
First received: January 9, 2013
Last updated: July 1, 2016
Last verified: March 2016
The primary objective of this study is to obtain safety data on the use of the ULTRABRAID PLUS SUTURE, and to assess the preliminary effectiveness of the use of the ULTRABRAID PLUS SUTURE in comparison to the ULTRABRAID SUTURE in patients undergoing rotator cuff repair.

Condition Intervention
Rotator Cuff Tear

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Two-Arm, Single Blind, Randomized Pilot Study on the Use of ULTRABRAID PLUS SUTURE in the Repair of Tears of the Rotator Cuff

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Further study details as provided by Smith & Nephew, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Rotator Cuff Integrity [ Time Frame: 6 months post-operatively ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Rotator Cuff Integrity [ Time Frame: 1, 3 and 6 weeks and 3 and 12 months post-operatively ]
  • Change in post-surgery tissue thickness, rotator cuff integrity, tendon echogenicity and muscle atrophy [ Time Frame: 1, 3 and 6 weeks and 3, 6 and 12 months post-operatively ]
    Compared to Baseline (preop)

  • Change in Vascularity [ Time Frame: 1, 3 and 6 weeks and 3, 6 and 12 months post-operatively ]
    Compared to Baseline (preop)

  • Change in Constant Shoulder Assessment [ Time Frame: 1, 3 and 6 weeks and 3, 6 and 12 months post-operatively ]
    Compared to Baseline (preop)

  • Change in Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index [ Time Frame: 1, 3 and 6 weeks and 3, 6 and 12 months post-operatively ]
    Compared to Baseline (preop)

  • Rehabilitation [ Time Frame: 3 and 6 weeks and 3, 6 and 12 months post-operatively ]
    • Time to active-assisted rehab exercises
    • Time to isometric rehab exercises
    • Time to discontinuation of arm sling

  • Labs [ Time Frame: 1, 3 and 6 weeks (optional 3, 6 and 12 months) post-operatively ]
    Compared to Baseline (preop) Note: If levels do not return to baseline, tests will continue beyond 6 weeks

  • Adverse Events [ Time Frame: Surgery and 1, 3 and 6 weeks and 3, 6 and 12 months post-operatively ]

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: February 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Rotator Cuff Repair with ULTRABRAID PLUS SUTURE
Rotator Cuff Repair with ULTRABRAID SUTURE


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria (Subjects must meet ALL of the following criteria):

  • Male or female, aged 18 to 70 years at the time of surgery
  • Willing and able to give voluntary informed consent to participate in this investigation
  • Small (<1cm), Medium (1-3cm) or large (>3-5cm) tear of the supraspinatus tendon, which may or may not include the infraspinatus tendon of the rotator cuff. Tear size will be based on area of longest dimension as evidenced by clinical examination and diagnostic imaging prior to surgery, with the definitive measurement confirmed at surgery
  • Tear requires repair within two years of initial diagnosis
  • Tear must be anatomically repairable (must be able to get tendon back to the medial position on the footprint and at least back to the tuberosity)
  • Willing and able, in the opinion of the Investigator, to cooperate with study procedures, and willing to return to study site for physical therapy and all post-operative study visits

Exclusion Criteria (Subjects must not meet ANY of the following criteria):

  • Tears involving tendons other than the supraspinatus and infraspinatus
  • Partial thickness tears of the rotator cuff (tear must be full thickness)
  • Evidence of acute trauma including fracture or dislocation of the shoulder joint
  • Chronic retraction
  • Evidence of active infection, osteomyelitis, sepsis or distant infection which could spread to the index joint
  • Subject has had previous rotator cuff, arthroplasty or fracture procedures on the operative shoulder
  • Subject has had acromioplasty or diagnostic arthroscopy on the operative shoulder within one (1) year prior to scheduled surgery date
  • Evidence of osteomalacia or other metabolic bone disorder(s) which may impair bone or soft tissue function
  • Evidence of other significant shoulder pathology including (Type II-IV lesion, Bankart lesion, Hill Sachs lesion)
  • Patient has grade 4 changes to articular cartilage in operative shoulder
  • Inflammatory arthropathies
  • Significant muscle paralysis of the shoulder girdle.
  • Painful pathologies of the cervical spine
  • Comminuted bone surface, which would compromise secure anchor fixation.
  • Subject has a known sensitivity to implant materials, including sodium butyrate.
  • Non-surgical rotator cuff associated treatment, such as corticosteroid injection, within one (1) month prior to scheduled surgery date
  • Participating in another investigational trial or ongoing study that would interfere with the assessment of the primary and secondary outcomes
  • Female patient who is pregnant, nursing, or of childbearing potential while not practicing effective contraceptive methods
  • Currently known to abuse drugs or alcohol which could affect follow-up care or treatment outcomes
  • Current smoker
  • Major psychiatric illness, developmental handicap or inability to read and understand the English language
  • Major medical illness that would preclude undergoing surgery
  • Known to be involved in any active injury litigation claims relating to the study shoulder
  • Unwilling or unable to be assessed according to study protocol for one year following surgery
  • Patient requires a concomitant SLAP repair procedure in operative shoulder
  • Surgeon plans to use transosseous sutures in the study procedure
  • Surgeon plans to use a Platelet Rich Plasma product or another therapy intended to augment healing of the rotator cuff in the study procedure
  • Protocol specified surgical technique cannot be followed for this subject
  • Rotator cuff repair will be done via open (as opposed to arthroscopic) procedure
  • Any other reason (in the judgment of the investigator)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01767740

Canada, Ontario
Innovation Science and Medicine
Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7R 4C7
Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 3K7
St. Josephs Hospital
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 4L6
Women's College Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5C 1R6
Sponsors and Collaborators
Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Robert Litchfield, MD, FRCSC Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic
  More Information

Responsible Party: Smith & Nephew, Inc. Identifier: NCT01767740     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 15001105
Study First Received: January 9, 2013
Last Updated: July 1, 2016

Keywords provided by Smith & Nephew, Inc.:
Rotator Cuff Tear
Supraspinatus Tear processed this record on May 23, 2017