Full-thickness tears: Mini-open repair

R. G. Pollock, E. L. Flatow

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Arthroscopically assisted rotator cuff repair, through a mini-open, deltoid-splitting approach, is an effective treatment for small- to medium- sized full-thickness tears of the rotator cuff. Advantages over traditional open repair include relative deltoid preservation, the ability to assess and treat coexisting intra-articular pathology, shorter hospitalization, reduced early morbidity, easier and quicker rehabilitation, and a smaller scar. Standard open repair is preferred for larger tears with a greater degree of tendon retraction or when the subscapularis tendon is involved in the tear.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-177
Number of pages9
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997


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