New Rotator Cuff Surgery: Arthroscopic Superior Capsule Reconstruction (SCR)July 27, 2017
A study that suggests a new surgical procedure can help people with shoulder injuries once considered beyond repair. Arthroscopic superior capsule reconstruction (SCR) surgery has been show to repair torn rotator cuffs that were once considered irreparable.
Dr. Evan Karas, Co-chief of Orthopedic Surgery and Co-director of Orthopedic and Spine Institute has been performing this surgery for about a year.
In standard rotator cuff surgery, the goal is to repair the person's own tendons, Dr. Karas explained. But sometimes massive tears prevent the two ends of the tear from meeting together, in which case a rotator cuff injury was considered to be permanent.
Not so with SCR...
Arthroscopic superior capsule reconstruction grafts a patch from a cadaver to fill in for the missing tendons. 95% of the 102 shoulders in the study repaired with SCR remained intact without additional issues. Some people resumed active sports such as skiing, swimming, golf, tennis, yoga and baseball.
"There are studies now showing good-to-excellent two-year clinical results from SCR surgery. Longer-term studies are now being conducted to prove that the results are durable over time," said Dr. Karas, who did not participate in this study.
What is the rotator cuff?
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles, tendons and ligaments that attach your arm to your shoulder. The rotator cuff helps you lift and rotate your arm. Over time or with an injury, the rotator cuff can develop partial or complete tears. The SCR procedure was developed in Japan to fix rotator cuff injuries thought to be beyond repair.
For information about shoulder surgery and rotator cuff surgery, visit the Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital.
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