Advanced Technology for Rotator Cuff Tears

By Kevin M. Kaplan, MD

Rotator Cuff Tears Advances in Technology

by: Kevin Kaplan, MD

Rotator cuff tears are a very common injury in sports and in daily life.  Therefore, rotator cuff repairs have been a common surgical procedure for many years. We’ve gone from open techniques to mini-open techniques to all arthroscopic repairs. Arthroscopic repairs have also evolved as we have attempted to recreate the patient’s anatomy in an attempt to give them the best chance for a successful outcome. Single row repairs have given way to newer transosseous suture equivalent repairs.

Additionally, the stronger suture material is allowing us to create stronger repair constructs. One such construct, known as the NET bridge,  in Los Angeles, California by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. I took part in the biomechanical testing on this repair while training with Dr. ElAttrache.  We found this construct to be the strongest known rotator cuff repair.

Given the high morbidity associated with rotator cuff failures, this new technology is crucial in order to achieve a successful rotator cuff repair.

If you have recently had a shoulder surgery please watch this helpful video: Dressing the Upper Body After an Injury or Surgery

Read this article on infraspinatus tendon tears which is one of the rotator cuff muscles.

Related Articles: 5 Best Rotator Cuff Exercises, Types of Shoulder Surgery, Rotator Cuff Repair, and Proximal Humerus Fractures. 

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