Isolated ruptures of the subscapularis and anterosuperior rotator cuff lesions are encountered more rarely than supraspinatus or anteroposterior rotator cuff tears. In certain circumstances, reconstruction of the tendon may not be possible due to fatty degeneration and atrophy of the subscapularis muscle or poor tendon quality. Tendon transfer may represent the only surgical option for treatment. A pectoralis major tendon transfer is an acceptable salvage option for irreparable subscapularis tendon ruptures. Although limited functional goals may be expected in most cases, the majority of patients obtain a good pain relief, which improves their function below chest level. Addition of the teres major component to the transfer may be beneficial in cases where both the upper and lower portion of the subscapularis muscle is irreparable.
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