Indications for repair of full-thickness rotator cuff tears

Brian R. Wolf, Warren R. Dunn, Rick W. Wright

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Rotator cuff repair surgery for full-thickness tears is common and accepted in orthopaedics today. Given that a significant number of people have asymptomatic rotator cuff tears, the indications for surgery are, however, somewhat unclear. Multiple factors such as duration of symptoms, acuity and size of the tear, patient age, and others require consideration and can influence the decision to perform surgery. This article reviews these variables and the indications for surgery to repair full-thickness rotator cuff tears.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1007-1016
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • Indications
  • Indications for surgery
  • Rotator cuff
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder

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