Latissimus dorsi tendon transfer for rotator cuff tears

What is the working mechanism behind latissimus dorsi tendon transfer for massive rotator cuff tears?

Once a rotator cuff tear comprises not only the supraspinatus but also extends into the infraspinatus, the resulting pain and functional limitations cause more restrictions during daily life, surgical repair is more complex and the prognosis is poor. In order to restore abduction and external rotation, a transfer of the latissimus dorsi or teres major tendon to the lateral side of the supraspinatus footprint can be performed.

 
 

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