Joint Preservation Blog

January 6, 2009

recovery time shoulder surgery

As a doctor, recovery time from shoulder surgery can be prolonged. The problem is that the severe degree of immobilization that’s needed (that big blue pillow) makes that arm/hand useless. Is there a better way? Well, if you have a rotator cuff tear or ligament tear, newer and much less invasive methods of treatment may be the answer, as with less trauma from the procedure comes faster recovery times (read no blue pillow). How can this be possible? Trade the scapel for a needle. Rather than trying to sew ligaments back together or sewing a torn shoulder tendon, get the patient’s own stem cells to repair the damge. The doctor simply places the cells in the damaged area with an injection. Little trauma, little recovery. Sounds like a science fiction novel? Not really, as this procedure using your own stem cells to repair the shoulder damage is now being used reduce recooperation times. No surgery, less recovery.

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