Rotator Cuff Deficiency of the Shoulder

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Rotator Cuff Deficiency of the Shoulder is the essential guide to recognizing rotator cuff defects and selecting the operative and nonoperative treatments that will achieve the best functional outcomes for patients. Leading experts in the field present the current knowledge of biomechanics, etiology, prevalence, natural history, and the classification of rotator cuff tears, indications, contraindications, and treatment options for them.


  • Clinical insights from an international team of authorities on rotator cuff deficiency
  • Complete coverage of disease manifestations within the spectrum of the rotator cuff deficiency
  • Descriptions of the examination, imaging, and surgical techniques, with valuable explanations of the scientific rationale behind the various approaches and therapeutic guidelines
  • Discussions of the newest innovations including tissue scaffolding, arthroscopic approaches, conventional shoulder arthroplasty, and reverse shoulder arthroplasty
  • Recommendations for managing special situations and circumstances, such as revision surgery and patients with bone loss, and guidance for handling complications when they occur
  • More than 300 radiographs and illustrations that demonstrate key concepts

This book is a single-volume reference containing the fundamental principles and techniques for all specialists involved in shoulder therapy and reconstruction, including orthopaedists, sports medicine and trauma specialists, and residents in those specialties.

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Editorial Reviews

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The strengths of this book lie in the detailed explanation of surgical techniques for massive rotator cuff tears and their postsurgical management...A good resource for physical therapists who treat a large volume of patients with ratator cuff deficiency, both surgical and nonsurgical.—Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical TherapyA well-produced book, with a famous list of authors, of considerable value to young aspiring surgeons.—The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
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Reviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This 176-page book limits its focus to the issues of rotator cuff deficiency of the shoulder. Dr. Frankle has organized this book well, covering the foundational issues of biomechanics and classification of disease to surgical approaches ranging from arthroscopic to reverse shoulder arthroplasty.
Purpose: The intended audience includes orthopedic surgeons who focus on treating patients with shoulder problems by providing an array of successful treatment methodologies. Although I agree that this book will be appreciated by shoulder specialists, I believe general orthopedists who address cuff disease in their practice will also derive benefit.
Audience: A who's who of shoulder surgery provides significant contributions to this book, including Rockwood, Esch, Frankel, Wirth, Cofield, Bigliani, Boileau, and Walch, among others.
Features: Each chapter is written at a very high level and the book in general covers the gamut of rotator cuff deficiency. A unique aspect is the opportunity to learn from the American experience, the French experience, the Lyon experience, the Mayo experience, the Columbia experience, and the Florida experience. The book clearly drives home the point that there is more than one way to skin a cat.
Assessment: Dr. Frankle has brought together an elite group of contributors to present their experience and current state-of-the-art in addressing rotator cuff deficiency of the shoulder in this advanced offering that will benefit both interested general orthopedists and shoulder specialists. It would be a nice addition to the institutional orthopedic library.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588905062
  • Publisher: Thieme
  • Publication date: 5/16/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Chief of Dept. Of Surgery, Division of Orthopaedics, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

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