Condition category
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Date applied
05/03/2018
Date assigned
06/04/2018
Last edited
06/04/2018
Prospective/Retrospective
Prospectively registered
Overall trial status
Ongoing
Recruitment status
Not yet recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Within the shoulder there are a group of small muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff. Tears of the rotator cuff tendons are very common. They can be very painful and it can be difficult to move the shoulder normally. Many tears of the tendons can be repaired but some tears cannot. When a tear cannot be repaired, one common treatment is a keyhole operation to clear space around the tendons and remove the painful tissue. This is called an arthroscopic debridement. It is not known whether this operation helps in every case, but it is low risk and is thought to benefit most people with rotator cuff tears. A new device has recently been introduced in the UK with the aim of improving outcomes from surgery for this condition. It is a balloon made out of a biodegradable synthetic material (free of animal products), called the InSpace balloon. It is inserted at the end of an arthroscopic debridement operation and is filled with water. It is thought to act as a cushion inside the joint. It dissolves after about three months, by which time the patient has had a chance to strengthen the other muscles to give a longer lasting effect. It is not yet known whether it is any better or worse than the standard arthroscopic debridement operation. The aim of this study is to find out whether it is better to have an arthroscopic debridement operation, or the same operation with the addition of the InSpace balloon, in patients with a tear of the rotator cuff muscles that cannot be repaired. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has studied the balloon and decided that it should only be used in research to determine if it works. The study will look at which operation is best at reducing pain and improving movement, strength, and quality of life, and whether the balloon is worth the additional cost.

Who can participate?
Patients with rotator cuff tears that cannot be repaired

What does the study involve?
Participants are randomly allocated to be treated with arthroscopic debridement either with or without the InSpace balloon. Arthroscopic debridement is a keyhole operation involving two or three small incisions (cuts) mostly 1cm, the biggest is about 1.5cm, around the shoulder. The surgeon looks around the main shoulder joint, they take away loose or inflamed tissue, and shave some of the bone to create space to allow more movement and reduce pain. The surgeon may also choose to cut the end of the biceps tendon, which can help with pain. It is a low risk operation and most people are able to go home the same day. The recovery from this procedure takes between 6 weeks and 3 months. Arthroscopic debridement with the InSpace balloon is the same operation as an arthroscopic debridement, but at the end of the procedure the InSpace balloon is inserted. The balloon is made of a biodegradable material and takes only a few minutes to insert. As the incisions and postoperative physiotherapy are the same, neither the patient nor the person assessing the results know which treatment has been given. This ensures a fair and unbiased comparison. Patients are seen at 3, 6 and 12 months to measure their strength, range of motion and pain. Questionnaires are also used to assess disability, quality of life, and costs, including lost earnings. A group of 56 patients also have shoulder scans taken 6 weeks and 6 months after surgery to assess the way the balloon is thought to work. Two years after the operation participants complete a questionnaire about their shoulder and general health.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
There are no specific benefits of taking part. Both treatments are designed to help the shoulder recover. By taking part in the study participants are helping to decide about the best treatment for people in the future. There are general risks with any shoulder operation, such as infection, stiffness, frozen shoulder (a very stiff shoulder, which recovers), worsened pain, blood clots, wound healing problems or anaesthetic problems (including death). These risks are all small and are from the operation that everyone in this study has. The additional risk from taking part in the study is also small. The shoulder balloon can be put in the wrong place, or move after the operation and occasionally may have to be surgically removed, or can cause inflammation in the shoulder. These problems are uncommon and have occurred in less than 5% (1 in 20) of people who have had the balloon so far.

Where is the study run from?
1. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
2. Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
3. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
4. Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
5. The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
6. Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (UK)
7. London North West Healthcare NHS Trust (UK)
8. The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
9. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
10. North Bristol NHS Trust (UK)
11. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
12. Morriston Hospital (UK)
13. Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
14. Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (UK)
15. Cardiff and the Vale Orthopaedic Centre (CAVOC) (UK)
16. Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
17. Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
18. Royal Gwent Hospital (UK)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
February 2018 to December 2021

Who is funding the study?
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (UK)

Who is the main contact?
Dr Elke Gemperle Mannion
start@warwick.ac.uk

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Elke Gemperle Mannion

ORCID ID

Contact details

Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
University of Warwick
CSRL
UHCW
Coventry
CV2 2DX
United Kingdom
-
start@warwick.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

37199

Study information

Scientific title

Sub-acromial spacer for Tears Affecting Rotator cuff Tendons (START:REACTS): a randomised, efficient, adaptive clinical trial in surgery

Acronym

START:REACTS

Study hypothesis

The aim of this study is to compare arthroscopic debridement (the standard treatment) to arthroscopic debridement with the InSpace balloon on shoulder function, pain and quality of life following shoulder surgery for rotator cuff tears that cannot be repaired.

Ethics approval

West Midlands – Coventry and Warwickshire Research Ethics Committee, 13/02/2018, ref: 18/WM/0025

Study design

Randomised; Interventional; Design type: Treatment, Device, Imaging, Complex Intervention, Management of Care, Surgery, Rehabilitation

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Hospitals

Trial type

Treatment

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details to request a patient information sheet

Condition

Specialty: Musculoskeletal disorders, Primary sub-specialty: Elective Orthopaedic Surgery; UKCRC code/ Disease: Musculoskeletal/ Other joint disorders

Intervention

Patients will be randomly allocated to arthroscopic debridement (the standard treatment) or arthroscopic debridement with the InSpace balloon. As the incisions and postoperative physiotherapy are the same, neither the patient nor the person assessing the results will know which treatment has been given. This will ensure a fair and unbiased comparison. Patients will be seen at 3, 6, and 12 months to measure strength, range of motion and pain. Questionnaires are used to assess disability, quality of life, and costs, including lost earnings. A group of 56 patients will also have shoulder scans taken 6 weeks and 6 months after surgery, to assess the way the balloon is thought to work. This study will determine whether the use of this device improves shoulder function, pain and quality of life following shoulder surgery for rotator cuff tears that cannot be repaired.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Shoulder function measured with the Constant-Murley score collected 12 months after surgery (note that in this study, randomisation occurs at the time of surgery, so this is also 12 months after randomisation)

Secondary outcome measures

1. Shoulder function measured using the Constant-Murley score at baseline, 3 and 6 months
2. Range of pain-free shoulder movement measured with a goniometer at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months
3. Strength of the shoulder in abduction and flexion measured at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months
4. Patient-reported functional outcome measured using the Oxford Shoulder Score at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months
5. Patient-reported functional outcome measured using the Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months
6. Health utility measured using the 5Q-5D-5L at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months
7. Resource use, measured using a set of questions to collect information associated with healthcare, personal and social services costs related to the interventions being compared, collected at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months
8. Patient global assessment of change (PGIC) measured on a 7-point scale at 3, 6 and 12 months
9. Analgesia use, measured using a set of questions at 3, 6 and 12 months

Overall trial start date

01/02/2018

Overall trial end date

31/12/2021

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Male and female patients presenting themselves to one of the participating hospitals with a potentially irreparable rotator cuff tendon tear will be assessed for eligibility into the study.
The eligibility criteria are:
1. Rotator cuff tear deemed by the treating clinician to be technically irreparable (to be confirmed intra-operatively)
2. Intrusive symptoms (pain and loss of function) which in the opinion of the treating clinician warrants surgery
3. Non-operative management has been unsuccessful

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

Planned Sample Size: 212; UK Sample Size: 212

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Advanced gleno-humeral osteoarthritis on pre-operative imaging (in the opinion of the treating clinician). Advanced gleno-humeral OA may be interpreted as Kellgren Lawrence grade 3 or 4 changes on routine pre-operative radiographs(64), or the MRI equivalent if radiographs have not been taken
2. Subscapularis deficiency*, defined as a tear involving more than the superior 1cm (approximately) of the subscapularis if repaired, or any tear that is not repaired. Minor, repairable, upper border tears are common and a repairable upper-border tear is not considered a contra-indication by the manufacturer
3. The treating surgeon determines that interposition grafting or tendon transfers are indicated. Some surgeons prefer to treat younger, more active patients with operations designed to restore or replace rotator cuff function. There is no established age criterion for this, however and the decision is based on multiple factors including age, co-morbidities, occupation, level of activity, and surgeon preference
4. Pseudoparalysis, as determined by the treating clinician
5. Unrelated, symptomatic ipsilateral shoulder disorder that would interfere with strength measurement or ability to perform rehabilitation
6. Other neurological or muscular condition that would interfere with strength measurement or ability to perform rehabilitation, in the opinion of the treating clinician
7. Previous proximal humerus fracture that could influence shoulder function, as determined by the treating clinician
8. Previous entry into the present trial (i.e. other shoulder)
9. Unable to complete trial procedures
10. Age under 18
11. Unable to consent to the trial
12. Unfit for surgery as defined by the treating clinician

Recruitment start date

01/06/2018

Recruitment end date

30/06/2020

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
Clifford Bridge Rd
Coventry
CV2 2DX

Trial participating centre

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Barrack Rd
Exeter
EX2 5DW

Trial participating centre

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospital of Hartlepool Holdforth Road
Hartlepool
TS24 9AH

Trial participating centre

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Guy’s Hospital Great Maze Pond
London
SE1 9RT

Trial participating centre

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt NHS Foundation Trust
Gobowen
Oswestry
SY10 7AG

Trial participating centre

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Liverpool University Hospital Prescot Street
Liverpool
L7 8XP

Trial participating centre

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
Northwick Park Hospital Watford Road
Harrow
HA1 3UJ

Trial participating centre

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Woodlands Bristol Road Northfield
Birmingham
B31 2AP

Trial participating centre

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Addenbrooke's Hospital Hills Road
Cambridge
CB2 0QQ

Trial participating centre

North Bristol NHS Trust
Southmead Hospital Southmead Road Westbury-on-Trym
Bristol
BS10 5NB

Trial participating centre

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Stepping Hill Hospital Poplar Grove
Stockport
SK2 7JE

Trial participating centre

Morriston Hospital
Abertawe Bro Mrogannwg University Health Board Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics Morriston Hospital Cwmrhydyceirw
Swansea
SA6 6NL

Trial participating centre

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Combe Park
Bath
BA1 3NG

Trial participating centre

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
Trauma and Orthopaedics 1345 Govan Road
Glasgow
G51 4TF

Trial participating centre

Cardiff and the Vale Orthopaedic Centre (CAVOC)
University Hospital Llandough Penlan Road, Penarth
Cardiff
CF64 2XX

Trial participating centre

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
Wrightington Hospital Hall Ln Appley Bridge
Wigan
WN6 9EP

Trial participating centre

Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Foundation Trust
Princes Royal Hospital Apley Castle Grainger Drive
Telford
TF1 6TF

Trial participating centre

Royal Gwent Hospital
Cardiff Rd
Newport
NP20 2UB

Sponsor information

Organisation

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Sponsor details

Clifford Bridge Road
Coventry
CV2 2DX
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

Hospital/treatment centre

Website

Organisation

University of Warwick

Sponsor details

Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
CSRL
UHCW
Coventry
CV2 2DX
United Kingdom
-
start@warwick.ac.uk

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Co-ordinating Centre (NETSCC); Grant Codes: 16/61/18

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

1. Protocol is not available for publication yet. It is expected to be available on the NIHR website: https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk
2. Planned publication of the results in a high-impact peer reviewed journal. Publication intended for December 2022, although as this is an adaptive study that timeline may alter.

IPD sharing statement
The data sharing plans for the current study are unknown and will be made available at a later date.

Intention to publish date

01/12/2022

Participant level data

To be made available at a later date

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes