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author = {Amirthanayagam, TD and Amis, AA and Reilly, P and Emery, RJH},
doi = {10.1016/j.jse.2016.08.011},
journal = {Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery},
pages = {512--520},
title = {Rotator cuff-sparing approaches for glenohumeral joint access: an anatomic feasibility study},
url = {},
volume = {26},
year = {2017}

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AB - BackgroundThe deltopectoral approach for total shoulder arthroplasty can result in subscapularis dysfunction. In addition, glenoid wear is more prevalent posteriorly, a region difficult to access with this approach. We propose a posterior approach for access in total shoulder arthroplasty that uses the internervous interval between the infraspinatus and teres minor. This study compares this internervous posterior approach with other rotator cuff–sparing techniques, namely, the subscapularis-splitting and rotator interval approaches.MethodsThe 3 approaches were performed on 12 fresh frozen cadavers. The degree of circumferential access to the glenohumeral joint, the force exerted on the rotator cuff, the proximity of neurovascular structures, and the depth of the incisions were measured, and digital photographs of the approaches in different arm positions were analyzed.ResultsThe posterior approach permits direct linear access to 60% of the humeral and 59% of the glenoid joint circumference compared with 39% and 42% for the subscapularis-splitting approach and 37% and 28% for the rotator interval approach. The mean force of retraction on the rotator cuff was 2.76 (standard deviation [SD], 1.10) N with the posterior approach, 2.72 (SD, 1.22) N with the rotator interval, and 4.75 (SD, 2.56) N with the subscapularis-splitting approach. From the digital photographs and depth measurements, the estimated volumetric access available for instrumentation during surgery was comparable for the 3 approaches.ConclusionThe internervous posterior approach provides greater access to the shoulder joint while minimizing damage to the rotator cuff.
AU - Amirthanayagam,TD
AU - Amis,AA
AU - Reilly,P
AU - Emery,RJH
DO - 10.1016/j.jse.2016.08.011
EP - 520
PY - 2017///
SN - 1058-2746
SP - 512
TI - Rotator cuff-sparing approaches for glenohumeral joint access: an anatomic feasibility study
T2 - Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
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VL - 26
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