When and How to Do Margin Convergence Repair Versus Interval Slides

  • Stephen S. Burkhart
  • David P. Huberty


Arthroscopic techniques have revolutionized the treatment of large and massive rotator cuff tears. The arthroscopic approach has not only dramatically reduced the rate of major complications from rotator cuff surgery (infection, deltoid detachment, postoperative stiffness), it has also facilitated precise anatomical repair of complex cuff tear patterns.1,2 Restoration of the anatomy is critically important, but the surgeon must first recognize the tear pattern in order to properly repair a given tear.3,4Tear pattern recognition is the essential first step that leads to anatomically accurate rotator cuff repair.


Rotator Cuff Rotator Cuff Tear Rotator Cuff Repair Supraspinatus Tendon Suprascapular Nerve 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen S. Burkhart
    • 1
  • David P. Huberty
    • 2
  1. 1.The Orthopaedic InstituteSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.Oregon Orthopedics and Sports Medicine ClinicOregon CityUSA

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