Whether by putting in the time and dedication to collect patient outcome scores or conducting cutting edge research, the Shoulder and Elbow Team at MUSC is dedicated to ensuring the best outcome for all of our patients.
Dr. Richard Friedman recently published the largest study to date that explores the question of repairing part of the rotator cuff at the time of shoulder replacement surgery to optimize function and prevent complications like instability. The Rotator Cuff consists of four muscles that form a “cuff” around the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. These muscles are important for helping the ball of your humerus bone move in the socket and keep the shoulder joint stable and compressed.
Friedman et al.* found that all patients receiving a reverse shoulder replacement have significant improvements in pain, motion, function and outcome scores. Repairing the rotator cuff improved certain patient outcomes, but may be an implant-specific or patient-specific decision to be made between you and your physician. If you have concerns on the health of your shoulder let your Shoulder and Elbow team at MUSC take a look and put in the time and commitment to getting you and your shoulder back to health.
*Comparison of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty outcomes with and without repair of the subscapularis. Friedman, Richard J. et al. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery , Volume 25 , Issue 10 , e329 - e330