New shoulder replacement bolts rotator cuff into bone

By Elizabeth Temple - bio | email


Two years ago Mable Moore could only hold her arm up to her chest. She could not play with her grandchildren, shampoo her hair, mop, sweep or even vacuum. Moore had pseudo-paralysis, a condition that prevented her from a normal range of motion in her arms, because her rotator cuff had essentially disappeared.

Moore visited Dr. Geoffrey Collins, an orthopedic surgeon at the Center for Orthopaedics, who decided to perform a reverse shoulder procedure giving her a brand new rotator cuff and shoulder ball. Dr. Collins bolted these new parts into her existing bone. Now Moore can roll her shoulders, shrug and best of all hold her grandchildren. The procedure is fairly new with the Federal Drug Administration approving it only five years ago.

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