Editorial Commentary: Treating Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears With a Patch or Balloon: Is It All a Bunch of Hot Air?

Arthroscopy. 2019 Feb;35(2):390-391. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2018.11.030.


Both superior capsular reconstruction and a biodegradable balloon spacer function to limit proximal migration and restore glenohumeral joint forces similar to the intact rotator cuff in a cadaveric rotator cuff-deficient model. Although both the superior capsular reconstruction and biodegradable balloon spacer represent promising alternatives, additional clinical outcome data are needed to determine their role in the treatment of the massive, irreparable rotator cuff tear.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Cadaver
  • Humans
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries*
  • Shoulder Joint*