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Surgery for a torn rotator cuff can be painful and may take months of physical therapy. But a new device being tested in New York could give patients an option.


Dr. Stephen Nichols, founder and director of New York Orthopedics, introduces Granthshala 5 NY to a new, FDA-approved medical device and technology being used to repair a torn rotator cuff.

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Using the device, a saline balloon is inserted into the shoulder joint, which prevents the top and bottom shoulder bones from rubbing together and causing pain.

Stryker’s InSpace Balloon Implant dissolves and is absorbed by the body within 12 months.

The procedure still requires surgery but recovery is short and the results are promising so far.

“You don’t need to be in a sling for as long and the initial result is that the rate of healing is faster,” Dr. Nichols said.

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This device is ideal for older patients who are not getting good results from conventional surgery.

The Doctor practices Sports Medicine at Joshua Dines Hospital for Special Surgery.

“When we get older people often tear our rotator cuff which is a group of muscles on the shoulder that helps to lift and elevate the shoulder. We use it for everyday activities like sports. It can be very painful if play is very important for shoulder function, said Joshua Dines, a doctor who practices sports medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Dines said he is cautiously optimistic about the new technology. He says we won’t really know how well it works for a few more years because it’s so new.

“For a small fraction of patients, this balloon that we haven’t had before, potentially becomes a good treatment option. I say potentially because for me personally, I need to see more data.” ,” said Dr. Dines.

Anyone who has had a rotator cuff tear knows firsthand how painful the injury can be, as well as the surgery and months of recovery. This is another tool for doctors, they hope will restore range of motion of the patient’s shoulder and relieve pain.