Repair of the torn gluteus medius tendon has been shown to improve Harris Hip Scores by up to 66%.1
Much like the muscles of the rotator cuff, the gluteus medius is susceptible to partial and full-thickness tears, resulting in lateral hip pain or weakness for many patients. The gluteus medius tendon can be repaired in a variety of ways depending on the severity of the tear. Partial-thickness tears can be addressed by inserting suture anchors transtendinously, preserving intact tendon fibers.
Full-thickness tears can be addressed using suture anchors similarly to a full-thickness rotator cuff tear, but an allograft patch may be necessary to augment the repair in cases of poor tissue quality. An allograft augmentation can provide structural stability and biologic healing factors to aid in tendon healing.2
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1 Chandrasekaran S, et al. Outcomes of Open Versus Endoscopic Repair of Abductor Muscle Tears of the Hip: A Systematic Review. Arthroscopy 2015;25:2057-2067
2 Valentin JE, Badylak JS et. al., Extracellular Matrix Bioscaffolds for Orthopaedic Applications, JBJS. 2006; 88:2673-2686.[PubMed]