Tendon Transfer for Posterosuperior Cuff: Latissimus Dorsi Transfer

  • Frank Martetschläger


Transfer of the tendon of latissimus dorsi (LDT) muscle for the treatment of irreparable posterosuperior tears was introduced by Gerber et al. in 1988 in order to provide containment of the humeral head inside the glenohumeral joint and to regain control of external rotation. Since then, several different modifications of the technique have been introduced, using one or two incisions for the flap harvesting and reattachment. Long-term follow-up studies have shown a reliable value of the procedure in a strictly selected patient cohort. Therefore, the latissimus dorsi transfer is still a valuable procedure for experienced shoulder surgeons in the field of irreparable rotator cuff tears.


Muscle transfer Latissimus dorsi Transfer Rotator cuff 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Martetschläger
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  1. 1.German Center for Shoulder SurgeryATOS ClinicMunichGermany

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