Recommendation ID

Current evidence on the efficacy and safety of biodegradable subacromial spacer insertion for rotator cuff tears is limited in quantity and quality. Therefore, this procedure should only be used in the context of research.

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Further research may include collaborative data collection and clinical trials. Patient selection should be clearly documented. Outcomes of interest include measures of shoulder function, pain relief and quality of life. All complications should be reported. Follow-up should ideally be for a minimum of 2 years.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Biodegradable subacromial spacer insertion for rotator cuff tears
Date issued
May 2016

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/05/2016