The Arthroscopic Superior Capsular Reconstruction

Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2016 Jul-Aug;45(5):320-4.


In a subset of patients with rotator cuff tears, the glenohumeral joint has minimal degenerative changes and the rotator cuff tendon is either irreparable or very poor quality and unlikely to heal. Reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) is often considered for these patients despite the lack of glenohumeral arthritis. However, due to the permanent destruction of the glenohumeral articular surfaces, complication rates, and concerns about implant longevity with RSA, we believe the superior capsular reconstruction (SCR) is a viable alternative. In this article, we describe our technique for the SCR.

MeSH terms

  • Arthroplasty, Replacement / methods*
  • Humans
  • Joint Capsule / surgery
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods*
  • Patient Positioning
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / methods*
  • Rotator Cuff / surgery*
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries / surgery*
  • Shoulder Joint / surgery