Options for Failed Rotator Cuff Repair

Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2018 Sep;26(3):134-138. doi: 10.1097/JSA.0000000000000205.


Failed rotator cuff repairs can pose a clinical challenge to the treating orthopedic surgeon. There are many nonsurgical and surgical options available to address the failed rotator cuff repair. Surgical options include revising the primary repair, partial or nonanatomic repair, tendon transfer, biological augmentation or use of tissue-engineered grafts for reconstruction, or total joint arthroplasty (typically with a modern reverse total shoulder arthroplasty system). The treating surgeon must assess the patient's functional status, health status, and expectations in order to customize the appropriate treatment plan for addressing the failed rotator cuff repair. With the abundance of treatment options available, there is typically an adequate solution to help the patient regain function and experience less pain.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthroplasty
  • Debridement
  • Humans
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Rotator Cuff / surgery*
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries / surgery*
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries / therapy*
  • Shoulder Pain / therapy
  • Tendons / transplantation
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Treatment Failure