Rotator cuff injuries impact both athletes and everyday individuals. They result from damage to the muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, and are commonly caused by repetitive overhead motions, trauma, and age-related wear. Symptoms include pain, weakness, and restricted shoulder movement.
Rotator cuff injuries demand innovative solutions for robust repairs, and the CONMED BioBrace has emerged as a groundbreaking advancement in the field. This implant integrates synthetic and biologic materials, ensuring unparalleled strength and support throughout the healing process, and takes rotator cuff repair procedures to a new level of success.
Introducing the CONMED BioBrace®
The CONMED BioBrace is a revolutionary product that is changing the landscape of rotator cuff repairs. It is a bioinductive implant that promotes the body’s natural healing process, for better patient outcomes. Unlike traditional implant materials that are either synthetic or biologic, BioBrace is a biocomposite of both. The brace is designed to be placed between the repaired tendon and the bone, providing a scaffold for new tissue growth. It acts as a bridge, promoting cellular infiltration and the development of new blood vessels (angiogenesis), essential for tissue regeneration. The implant gradually resorbs over time, allowing the body to replace it with its own tissue.
How the Brace Works
The brace creates an environment that helps foster tissue healing and regeneration. Once implanted, it provides mechanical support to the repaired tendon, reducing tension and stress on the healing tissue. This allows for better healing and reduces the risk of re-tearing.
The implant also serves as a scaffold for new tissue growth. It provides a framework that that promotes the formation of new blood vessels and collagen. This helps to strengthen the repair and improve the overall structural integrity of the rotator cuff. The BioBrace releases bioactive substances that further enhance the healing process. These substances stimulate the body’s natural healing response, accelerating tissue regeneration and improving the overall quality of the repair.
Benefits of Using the BioBrace
The BioBrace offers several benefits over traditional rotator cuff repair methods. Studies have shown that using the brace results in higher rates of tendon healing and a lower risk of re-tearing. Since the procedure is minimally invasive, it allows for faster recovery and reduced postoperative pain. The procedure can often be performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients can return home the same day, allowing individuals to resume their daily activities sooner. The implant is also versatile and is used for various techniques. Catering to a range of soft tissue types, the BioBrace comes in two sizes: 5mm x 250mm and 23mm x 30mm. Because of its versatile nature, the brace is a suitable option for a wide range of patients, regardless of the severity of their injury.
Surgical Procedure Using the BioBrace
This innovative surgical procedure is now being performed by Dr. Peter Howard, who has been specially trained in BioBrace shoulder surgery. The procedure is typically done under general or local anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference and Dr. Howard’s recommendations.
To begin, small incisions are made around the shoulder joint to access the damaged rotator cuff. The torn tendon is then repaired using sutures or anchors, depending on the size and location of the tear. Once the repair is complete, the BioBrace is placed between the tendon and the bone, providing added support and helping to promote healing.
After the brace is implanted, the incisions are closed, and the patient is taken to recovery. In most cases, patients can return home the same day, although some may need a short hospital stay for monitoring. Rehabilitation and recovery will then begin, following the guidance of the surgeon and physical therapist.
Rehabilitation and Recovery Process
Physical therapy is typically initiated soon after surgery to restore shoulder mobility, strength, and function. Your therapist will guide you through exercises and stretches designed to promote healing and prevent stiffness.
The duration of rehabilitation will vary depending on the individual patient and the extent of the rotator cuff injury. Most patients can expect to attend physical therapy sessions for several weeks or months. During this time, they will gradually progress from a basic range of motion exercises to more advanced strengthening exercises.
Patients should follow the rehabilitation program closely and adhere to Dr. Howard’s recommendations. This ensures optimal recovery and prevents future complications. Patients should expect to experience some discomfort and limitations during the initial stages of rehabilitation, but with time and dedication, you will fully recover.
Comparisons with Other Rotator Cuff Repair Methods
Compared to traditional open surgery, the CONMED BioBrace implant offers a less invasive approach, minimizing the impact on surrounding tissues and reducing postoperative pain. This implant eliminates the need for extensive suturing, as it is designed to be easily placed between the repaired tendon and the bone through smaller incisions.
Smaller incisions contribute to a faster recovery and reduce the risk of complications associated with larger incisions. Another notable advantage is its versatility, allowing it to effectively address various types of rotator cuff tears. Whether the tear is partial or complete, the BioBrace provides a reliable and adaptable solution for a wide range of patients, enhancing the overall flexibility of treatment options.
Dr. Peter Howard is committed to providing cutting-edge solutions for our patients. Embracing the latest in medical technology, we proudly incorporate the BioBrace by CONMED into our practice. This state-of-the-art implant reflects our dedication to offering innovative and effective options for rotator cuff repairs.
We always aim to ensure that our patients receive the highest standard of care, characterized by a minimally invasive approach, accelerated recovery, and reduced discomfort. Your well-being is our priority, and we believe in utilizing advanced technologies to optimize your treatment and enhance your overall experience at our practice.
Contact Dr. Peter Howard’s office to schedule a consultation and explore the transformative benefits of the CONMED BioBrace for your rotator cuff repair. Your journey to improved shoulder function and enhanced well-being begins with this cutting-edge solution.