Biomechanical effect of latissimus dorsi tendon transfer for irreparable massive cuff tear

Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 05/08/2012

Latissimus dorsi transfer is beneficial in restoring humeral internal/external rotational range of motion, the internal/external rotational balance of the humerus, and glenohumeral kinematics at 0° of abduction. However, latissimus dorsi transfer with simulated limited excursion may lead to an overcompensation that can further deteriorate normal biomechanics, especially at higher abduction angles.

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