Arthroscopic evaluation and treatment of the rotator cuff

K. Yamaguchi, E. L. Flatow*

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Arthroscopy has improved our diagnostic assessment of rotator cuff disease, especially in understanding patterns of articular surface partial- thickness tears. Arthroscopic subacromial decompression is a proven and reliable alternative to open acromioplasty. Despite continued controversy, most partial-thickness rotator cuff tears may be satisfactorily treated by arthroscopic debridement and decompression. The role for debridement and decompression without repair for full-thickness rotator cuff tears seems less than initially suggested, as several recent independent studies have documented results inferior to open repair. Arthroscopically assisted miniopen repair of small, full-thickness rotator cuff tears is a reliable procedure. Arthroscopic repair appears promising, but is not yet well enough documented to be considered a standard treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-659
Number of pages17
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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