Early Clinical Results Following Repair of Gluteal Tendon Tears


Gluteal tendinopathy is a common source of impairment in adults due to degenerative changes in the gluteus medius tendon. We identified patients with gluteal tendinopathy who underwent surgery with a minimum six-month follow up. Radiographs, magnetic resonance images, demographic data, Hip Outcome Score (HOS), Veterans Rand 12-item health survey (VR-12), and a patient survey were reviewed. The cohort consisted of seventeen complete tears and thirty-one partial tears of the gluteal medius tendon (n = 48). Of patients, 72.9% reported satisfaction with surgery and noted 95.5% improvement in symptoms. Patients with partial tears demonstrated 90.0% improvement, while patients with complete tears noted 85% (p = 0.983). The median percent improvement for satisfied patients was 95.00 (85–100) and was significantly different from non-satisfied patients (p < 0.0001). Surgical repair resulted in higher HOS, activities of daily living (ADL), and HOS Sports scores. The majority of patients were satisfied with surgical treatment at follow up, noting near complete resolution in preoperative symptoms. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 32(2):075–082, 2023)

Key words: gluteus medius, reconstruction, clinical improvement

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Trevor Smith, MS; Michael Matthews; Kenneth D. Weeks, MD; Susan M. Odum, PhD; and Bradley S. Ellison, MD