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  • What is Superior Capsule Reconstruction?

    What is Superior Capsule Reconstruction?

    Superior capsule reconstruction (SCR) is a procedure that is used in the treatment of irreparable rotator cuff tears. The procedure was first described in 2013 by Dr. Teruhisa Mihata from Japan. Patch grafting has a long history of being used to "bridge gaps" in irreparable rotator cuff tears. Mihata’s innovation was attaching the graft to the glenoid or socket site of the joint as opposed to sewing the graft into soft tissue.

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  • Can Shoulder Replacement Help Your Golf Game?

    Can Shoulder Replacement Help Your Golf Game?

    Shoulder arthritis may not only be painful, but may more debilitating than you realize. If you are a golfer, you may have noticed how arthritis pain has affected your golf game. Shoulder replacement can alleviate the pain, but can it actually improve your game?

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  • How Long Does a Shoulder Replacement Last?

    How Long Does a Shoulder Replacement Last?

    One of the most common questions for people considering a shoulder replacement is: “How long will it last?” For people with severe shoulder arthritis, a shoulder replacement can provide predictable pain relief and improvement in quality of life and function.

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  • Quality of Life After Reverse Shoulder Replacement

    Quality of Life After Reverse Shoulder Replacement

    Reverse shoulder replacement can have a substantial impact on your shoulder function and quality of life. The procedure was developed in France and then approved for use in the United States in 2004.

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  • Does Surgeon Experience Affect Outcomes of Shoulder Surgery?

    Does Surgeon Experience Affect Outcomes of Shoulder Surgery?

    In recent years, there has been an increasing trend toward sub-specialization. In order to become an orthopaedic surgeon, for instance, one completes 4 years of medical school, followed by a 5 to 6 year residency program. In the past, most surgeons would then enter practice as a “generalist” and treat conditions all over the body such as foot problems, hand problems, hip problems, and shoulder problems.

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  • All About Rotator Cuff Tears

    All About Rotator Cuff Tears

    Most people have heard of the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is group of 4 shoulder muscles (subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, and teres minor) that surround the ball and socket (glenohumeral) joint (Figure 1). The rotator cuff helps the shoulder move and provides stability to the ball and socket joint.

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  • Which Has Better Results: Total Shoulder Arthroplasty or Hemiarthroplasty?

    Which Has Better Results: Total Shoulder Arthroplasty or Hemiarthroplasty?

    As with advanced hip and knee arthritis, joint replacement (arthroplasty) is an option for patients who have continued pain and limited mobility despite non-operative treatment. In the United States shoulder arthroplasty is the 3rd most common joint replacement behind knee and hip replacement.

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