Arthroscopic Debridement for Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears
N. Hawi*, U. Schmiddem, M. Omar, T. Stuebig, C. Krettek, M. Petri, R. Meller
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2016
Issue: Suppl 1: M8
First Page: 324
Last Page: 329
Publisher ID: TOORTHJ-10-324
Article History:Received Date: 4/04/2015
Revision Received Date: 16/05/2015
Acceptance Date: 1/02/2016
Electronic publication date: 21/07/2016
Collection year: 2016
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Arthroscopic debridement represents a salvage procedure for irreparable rotator cuff tears. It is important to accurately diagnose the patient for irreparable rotator cuff tears. The diagnosis and the therapeutic options must be explained to the patient. It is mandatory that the patient understands the primary goal of the arthroscopic debridement being reduction of pain, not improving strength or function.
The procedure consists of 7 distinct steps to debride the soft tissues and alleviate pain.
Even though there is a lack of evidence that this procedure is superior to other therapeutic options, it has shown good results in patients with the main complaint of pain.
The results reported in some studies should, however, be interpreted with caution, taking into consideration the substantial structural damage in irreparable defects.