Repairing a rotator-cuff is not always an easy task. It can be tricky, especially for those who have failed prior treatment. So, patients who have failed treatment, such as physical therapy or steroid injections, are candidates for a rotator-cuff repair.
Last year, in March, at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, it was discussed how a new arthroscopic procedure to treat large rotator-cuff tears may help patients to return to sports and work quicker than they thought.
Mihata, PhD, and his team, between 2007 and 2014, treated over 100 patients with an average age of 66 years old who were diagnosed with irreparable rotator-cuff tears and that had failed their previous treatments.
The treatment consisted in performing arthroscopic superior capsule reconstruction, restoring the shoulder function at a greater rate than other previous forms of treatment and helping patients return to sports and work faster.
Prior to the surgery, a lot of exams were made, among them X-Rays and MRIs, which were repeated 12 months after the surgery in order to measure the outcomes. The rates of return to sports and work were also analyzed in 34 patients who were employed and 26 patients who were athletes prior to the injury.
In August of 2016, Dr. Randall Farac, of Pacific Orthopedic Associates, came to public with another procedure, which he described as being similar to “wearing down the material on your favorite pair of jeans”. He has been treating his patients with a bio-patch the size of a postage stamp.
This procedure is less invasive than the traditional surgery, and Farac concluded that his patients spent less time in a sling and in physical therapy. The patch promotes healing of the tendon and encourages new tissue to grow.