Posts Tagged: rotator cuff repair

What are Rotator Cuff Tear Symptoms?

The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that are located in the shoulder. When a portion of the tendon tears, it can produce pain and disability. This injury is quite common and often requires surgical repair. Here are some of the questions I get asked daily as an orthopaedic surgeon: Rotator Cuff Tear… Read more »

Platelet Rich Plasma vs. Platelet Poor Plasma

Is platelet rich plasma (PRP) better than platelet poor plasma? Current orthopaedic uses of platelet rich plasma or PRP include three major areas: 1) Acute muscle/ tendon injuries, for example, hamstring tears, 2) Chronic tendinitis, for example, tennis elbow, and 3) Intraoperative augmentation, for example, rotator cuff repairs. There are numerous studies examining the effects of PRP but… Read more »

What is Arthroscopy? Three Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery

                What is Arthroscopy? and Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery – Arthroscopic surgery is a common surgical procedure offered by orthopedic surgeons. For those wondering “What is Arthroscopy?” – arthroscopy is a very common orthopedic procedure performed on a number of different body parts. Most commonly arthroscopy is performed by an… Read more »

Baseball Pitchers After Shoulder Surgery – Learn More from Louisville Sports Medicine Doctor – Stacie Grossfeld MD

Shoulder Surgery and Baseball Dr. Joshua Harris and colleagues (2013) examine professional baseball pitchers following shoulder surgery for a shoulder injury. Shoulder surgery among baseball players included arthroscopic surgery, rotator cuff, open, labrum, fracture, and more. The average career length of the baseball pitchers studied was just over six years. Following the players a year after… Read more »

Can Bone Marrow Cells Improve the Healing of Rotator Cuff Repairs? Learn More from Louisville Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Stacie Grossfeld

The progression and future significant advances in orthopaedic surgery will most likely come from our understanding of bone marrow derived cells and other factors at the cellular level to assist in recovering from orthopedic surgery, treatment of tendinitis and treatment of osteoarthritis (OA). An interesting article was published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow… Read more »

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair Compared to Open Surgery

Researchers Walton and Murrell in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery recently published results from a 2+ year study comparing patients who had arthroscopic rotator cuff repair (RCR) with those undergoing open RCR. Results found that while pain measurements between the groups were similar, those with arthroscopic RCR experienced less extreme pain, lower rates… Read more »

Findings at the time of Shoulder Surgery that can determine Rotator Cuff Surgery Success or Failure

The surgical repair of a rotator cuff tear has failure rates ranging from 20 to 90 percent. Even if the surgeon performs a technically perfect surgery some rotator cuff repairs will fail.  Failure is defined as a recurrent tear. Shoulder surgeons are unsure if the cuff repair never heals or it heals and then quickly… Read more »