Pectoralis Major Transfer

  • Jens Stehle


Pectoralis major transfer is a valuable salvage procedure for isolated, irreparable subscapularis tears in young patients. In other conditions like in the revision of isolated subscapularis failures after anatomic shoulder replacement, or if a massive anterosuperior rotator cuff tear is associated with pseudoparalysis of anterior elevation, it appears that a reverse shoulder arthroplasty provides better clinical results.

This case highlights the steps of the pectoralis major transfer for irreparable subscapularis tears. The anatomy, indications, biomechanics, different surgical techniques, and outcomes are also reviewed.


Subscapularis Irreparable rotator cuff tear Pectoralis major Tendon transfer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Shoulder SurgeryBodensee-SportklinikFriedrichshafenGermany

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