Treating Massive Rotator Cuff Tears

July 7, 2010 Grand Rounds Video:

Traditionally, massive rotator cuff tears were thought to be irreparable. However, current treatment options are providing patients with encouraging results. Moderated by Derek Raines, MD, this lecture reviews current research and practices in repairing massive rotator cuff tears along with a discussion of case studies with Kevin Smith, MD. Dr. Smith practices "open" repair of massive cuff tears. Although a fully healed and functional rotator cuff following a massive tear may be difficult to achieve, many patients have found significant pain relief and some functional improvements.