Rotator cuff injuries are common causes of shoulder pain. A massive rotator cuff tear is defined as a tear greater than 5 cm in length or those that involve two or more rotator cuff tendons. Individuals who suffer from massive rotator cuff tears and rotator cuff injuries, now have hope thanks to a new study just released by The Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado.
The rotator cuff treatment study, which was conducted in the biomechanical testing labs on the SPRI campus in Vail, concluded that the double-row and augmented double-row surgical procedures yield stronger, longer lasting outcomes than traditional single row approaches.
Dr. Peter Millett, orthopedic shoulder surgeon and Director of Shoulder Surgery at The Steadman Clinic, served as the primary investigator for this new study on rotator cuff repair procedures. He is a pioneer in the development of double-row arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery and rotator cuff augmentation with collagen patches.
According to Dr. Millett, “The study offers hope for patients who suffer from serious rotator cuff injuries and will allow orthopedic surgeons better insight and more precise surgical techniques when they are treating massive rotator cuff tears. This new information from our research efforts will ultimately translate to better outcomes for the patient.”