Superior Capsular Reconstruction for Failed Previous Rotator Cuff Repair: A Case Report


  • Yi-Chen Lin Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM)
  • Jennifer Volberding my associate Professor & program director
  • Henry Jake Whitener the DO resident for the case
  • Brian A Chalkin the DO for the case


superior capsular reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, shoulder outcomes


Within a subset of patients with rotator cuff repair, optimal healing does not occur and pain and dysfunction continue. The current patient failed to properly heal six months after an initial rotator cuff repair and, sustained a re-tear of the rotator cuff. Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) is often recommended for patients with poor previous surgical outcomes. However, due to the age, the permanent destruction of the glenohumeral articular surfaces, complications rates and functional level of the patients3,6, it was determined the patient would benefit from the superior capsular reconstruction (SCR) instead. Patient reports immediate improvements in pain scores and shoulder flexion both actively and passively at 4 weeks follow-up session. Early results are promising, and we seek further evaluation to demonstrate that this technique modiï¬cation will lead to a long-term improvement.


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