Description: This book presents a thorough approach to rotator cuff surgery, beginning with anatomy and biomechanics, continuing through the examination and diagnosis, and wrapping up with descriptions of simple and complex treatments with appropriate rehabilitation. The authors have invited an impressive cadre of contributors who have done an excellent job of covering the entire gamut of rotator cuff surgery in 24 chapters.
Purpose: The authors set out to create a "go-to" book on the management of rotator cuff problems. They wanted it to be more than a general textbook or a how-to surgical technique book. They wanted to create a comprehensive book on the rotator cuff that would enable clinicians to understand the basic biology, natural history, and treatment principles of cuff tears..
Audience: Orthopedic surgeons and residents in training, particularly those who are performing rotator cuff surgery, are the intended audience. The book does also serves as a wonderful review for residents or fellows in training. The depth of each chapter is appropriate, with extensive references.
Features: Each chapter is an in-depth review of the entire gamut of rotator cuff surgery including foundational basic science, as well as a myriad of surgical techniques from simple to complex including muscle transfers and arthroplasty. Most books are dedicated to the shoulder in general or to specific techniques, such as arthroscopy or open. Few if any comprehensive books target the entire spectrum of approaches to rotator cuff disease. That's what makes this book unique and valuable. A bonus is access to quality online videos of the techniques.
Assessment: This is an in-depth and comprehensive approach to rotator cuff disease. The authors have succeeded in creating a one-stop shop for residents in training or orthopedic surgeons on a broad range of information and techniques to address rotator cuff disease. There is no question this book should be in the institutional library and also would be a valued addition to personal libraries of surgeons dedicated to shoulder surgery.