Massive irreparable rotator cuff tears pose a significant challenge for both the treating orthopedic surgeon and patient. Surgical treatment options for massive rotator cuff tears include arthroscopic debridement, biceps tenotomy or tenodesis, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, partial rotator cuff repair, cuff augmentation, tendon transfers, superior capsular reconstruction, subacromial balloon spacer, and ultimately reverse shoulder arthroplasty. The present study will provide a brief overview of these treatment options along with a description of the surgical technique for subacromial balloon spacer placement.
Rondon, Alexander J.; Farronato, Dominic M.; Pezzulo, Joshua D.; and Abboud, Joseph A., "Irreparable Massive Rotator Cuff Tears: Subacromial Balloon Surgical Technique" (2022). Rothman Institute Faculty Papers. Paper 206.
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