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Repair of massive and irreparable rotator cuff tear using arthroscopic method

Ardeshir Alidousti, Fateme Mirzaee, Fateme Bahramian, Zohreh Zafarani, Naeeme Mirzaei, Hamidreza Aslani




Rotator cuff tear is one of the major causes of shoulder pain and disability, especially in elderly patients over 60 years. Improvement of performance and reduction of pain hardly occur in patients with contracted rotator cuff tear. Despite therapeutic advances, yet there are many discussions over choosing the best type of treatment for major rotator cuff tear. Complete treatment of massive rotator cuff tear continues to be a challenge in the shoulder surgery. Treatment options have changed in compassion with traditional treatment methods in open or arthroscopic debridement surgery with or without decompression. Recently, many treatments have been introduced, including a range of non-surgical treatments, acromioplasty by debridement, biceps tenotomy, tuberoplasty by biceps tenotomy, minor repair, mini-open rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic rotator cuff, muscle movement, reverse shoulder arthroscopy, soft tissue reinforcement and hemiarthroplasty. Non-surgical massive rotator cuff control is typically assigned for patients with insignificant pain. This therapy functions by changing activities, proper use of steroid injections and physical therapy with an emphasis on the anterior deltoid exercises. But the main problem is the selection of the best treatment and making the final decision. In general, in the arthroscopic morbidity, postoperative pain along with hospital stay is less and the operation has better cosmetic results. So this information and our results have prompted us to study a variety of rotator cuff treatment methods with a focus on the arthroscopic treatment.


Arthroscopy; Massive rotator cuff; Irreparable

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22037/jlms.v9i3.18832