The best options in superior capsular reconstruction

Clin Shoulder Elb. 2021 Jun;24(2):114-121. doi: 10.5397/cise.2021.00136. Epub 2021 May 27.


Irreparable massive rotator cuff tears cause pain, loss of function, and a decrease in range of motion, which cause serious disturbances in daily life. Young patients, in particular, are active and have relatively high functional requirements, and their surgical options are limited. Superior capsular reconstruction (SCR) was first proposed for irreparable massive rotator cuff tears, good clinical results have been reported in short-term follow up. Since then, SCR has been used increasingly worldwide for irreparable massive rotator cuff tears, and various studies have been published on clinical outcomes, biomechanical outcomes, surgical techniques, and graft types. This article reviews the optimal graft and surgical options for improving clinical outcomes in SCR.

Keywords: Rotator cuff; Shoulder; Superior capsular reconstruction; Tendon.

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  • Review