Management of the “Irreparable” Rotator Cuff Tear without Glenohumeral Arthritis (AANA19)
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Expires on Jun 30, 2022
Member: $40.00
Non-Member: $80.00
ASES Member: $80.00
Credit Offered
3 CME Credits
  • $40 for AANA-Members
  • $80 for Non-Members
From the physiologically young athlete to the elderly, low-demand patient, this course will explore the systematic evaluation and management of challenging rotator cuff tears in an interactive case-based format. The presenters will discuss the full spectrum of interventions for symptomatic rotator cuff pathology, in both the primary and salvage situation, and review surgical indications for addressing partial to full-thickness rotator cuff tears of varying chronicity and managing coexisting shoulder pathology. Established techniques and technical pearls for primary and revision rotator cuff repair will be revisited, and the roles of other emerging techniques such as repair augmentation (allograft and autograft), superior capsular reconstruction, balloon arthroplasty, and orthobiologic adjuncts will be evaluated.
At the conclusion of this educational activity participants will be able to:
  1. Review the key clinical and radiographic findings for identifying atypical or complex rotator cuff tears
  2. Delineate the options and technical considerations in addressing large and massive rotator cuff tears, particularly in a younger and more active patient population without glenohumeral arthritis
  3. Emphasize stepwise approach, key pearls, and pitfalls for emerging surgical techniques such as repair augmentation, interpositional grafts, superior capsular reconstruction, tendon transfers, and balloon arthroplasty for irreparable rotator cuff tears
Brian R. Waterman, M.D. | Michael T. Freehill, M.D. | Nikhil Verma, M.D. | Mark H. Getelman, M.D.
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