Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears Might Have Another Alternative Surgery

For athletes, one of the most common injuries in knees is the rotator cuff. It might be partially or fully torn where a common solution is a surgery. However, at some extreme cases the normal surgery is not applicable.

However, a new study presented in the  AOSSM/AANA Specialty Day in Las Vegas, Nevada suggests that there is an alternative surgery that can actually be used for the replacing rotator cuff tears. This includes an arthroscopic superior capsule reconstruction surgery (SCR). The observation were based on 5 years follow up with patients who went through the surgery.

Presenter of the data, Ph.D Holder, Teruhisa Mihata, a professor from, Osaka Medical College in Osaka, Japan stated, “We studied 30 patients who were treated with arthroscopic SCR, and consistently saw improvements in outcomes related to shoulder function and the daily lives of those treated. The technique allowed 11 of 12 patients who had previously worked to return full-time at five-year follow-up, and all eight who had participated in sports to return to play.”

The study was based on results from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) scores in patients. The results showed an improve in the overall output where the ASES score rose from 29 to 84  in only a timespan of a year. This number increased to 92.3 during a phase of 5 years. No negative results were conceded except in 10% of the patients.