Treatment of irreparable rotator cuff tears with superior capsular reconstruction

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Abstract: The treatment of irreparable rotator cuff tears with severe muscle atrophy and fatty infiltration remains a challenge, especially in young patients. Many surgical procedures for these tears have been reported. No one surgical treatment has proven to be an optimal solution. Recently, reconstruction of the superior capsule with an allograft or autograft has gained popularity. In this manuscript, we reviewed the biomechanical and clinical reports that have assessed superior capsular reconstruction and clarified the issues about the surgical techniques and indication which have been discussed recently. Reconstruction of the superior capsule has shown promising early results with good clinical outcomes. Biomechanical studies have suggested various mechanisms of this procedure. Although good clinical results and biomechanical data are available, more research is necessary to further define the surgical indications and improve the surgical outcomes of this procedure. Level of evidence: Level V.

Original languageEnglish
Article number23
JournalJournal of Experimental Orthopaedics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec


  • Allograft
  • Autograft
  • Facia lata
  • Superior capsular reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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