Subscapularis Management in Open Shoulder Surgery

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Michael J. DeFranco, MD, Laurence D. Higgins, MD and Jon J. P. Warner, MD J Am Acad Orthop Surg, Vol 18, No 12, December 2010 Management of the subscapularis in open shoulder surgery is a controversial topic. Subscapularis tenotomy has been the traditional approach, but other techniques have recently been developed to preserve the integrity of the subscapularis tendon. These include subscapularis peel, subscapularis split, and lesser tuberosity osteotomy. The biologic healing and biomechanical properties associated with each surgical approach must be evaluated to determine the best option for each patient. A strong, anatomic repair is required to achieve optimal clinical outcomes.

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