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Clinics in Shoulder and Elbow 2014;17(1):44-47.
DOI:    Published online March 31, 2014.
Arthroscopic Partial Repair of Massive Contracted Rotator Cuff Tears
Sung Jae Kim, Young Hwan Kim, Yong Min Chun
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Arthroscopy and Joint Research Institute, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Typically, massive rotator cuff tears have stiff and retracted tendon with poor muscle quality, in such cases orthopaedic surgeons are confronted with big challenging to restore the cuff to its native footprint. Furthermore, even with some restoration of the footprint, it is related with a high re-tear rate due to less tension free repair and less tendon coverage. In this tough circumstance, the partial repair has yielded satisfactory outcomes at relatively short follow-up by re-creating the transverse force couple of the rotator cuff. Through this partial repair, the massive rotator cuff tear can be converted to the "functional rotator cuff tear" and provide improvement in pain and functional outcomes in patient's shoulder.
Key Words: Shoulder; Massive rotator cuff tear; Partial repair; Arthroscopy


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