Dr. Michael Dempewolf is the first orthopedic surgeon in Kansas and the Kansas City Metro to use a new breakthrough procedure to treat patients with rotator cuff disease. The Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant biologically helps tendons heal through the induction of new tissue growth, helping patients resume normal activities quicker than traditional treatments, while reducing the likelihood of further degeneration or re-tears. This minimally invasive system is a new option for people suffering from rotator cuff tendon tears in the shoulder joint
Rotator Cuff Injuries: It is estimated that 4 million people in the US suffer from rotator cuff disease. Rotator cuff tears occur in people who repeatedly perform overhead motionsin their job or sports. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround, move and stabilize the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff keeps the head of the upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries usually cause a dull ache in the shoulders, which can worsen when sleeping on the injured side. A torn rotator cuff can make daily activities like getting dressed, sleeping or brushing your teeth painful and difficult to do. They can prevent you from doing things like work, or things that you love to do like playing sports and living an active lifestyle.
When a rotator cuff tear occurs, the tendon separates from the humeral head (the top of the upper arm bone). There are two types of rotator cuff tears: Partial – Where the soft tissue is damaged but the tendon is not completely torn away. Typically caused by aging, weakness, or overuse of the tendon. Complete – also known as a full thickness tear, when the soft tissue is completely separated from the bone. In most cases, the rotator cuff tendon tears directly off the attachment site.
Because traditional treatments do not address the poor quality of the underlying tendon tissue, a significant number of these tendons often develop into larger, more painful and incapacitating tears or re-tears due to continuing degeneration of the torn tendon. Bioinductive Implants allow Dr. Dempewolf to intervene early and help prevent disease progression by augmenting and healing the tendon before the injury worsens. And while conventional surgery is effective, the repairs take a long time to heal. That is what makes the Bioinductive Implant ground breaking! The Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant, about the size of a postage stamp is inserted through a small incision during a minimally invasive procedure. Bioinductive Implants induce the formation of new tendinous tissue over the surface of the tendon, resulting in a thicker tendon. Depending on the stage of rotator cuff disease, the Bioinductive Implant provides patients a range of potential benefits, including shorter rehabilitation, faster recovery, prevention or slowing of disease progression, healing of partial-thickness tears, and decreased risk of developing a subsequent tear.
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