Published online Nov 18, 2014. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v5.i5.557
Revised: May 9, 2014
Accepted: June 10, 2014
Published online: November 18, 2014
Core tip: This paper reviews the current literature and available techniques to arthroscopically address irreparable rotate cuff tears. It includes all historic and recent innovative methods to address this difficult and challenging clinical problem. Readers of this article will be in a position to make an informed decision as to the most appropriate treatment for their patients based on the most up to date literature.