More than two million Americans experience a rotator cuff problem each year1. Rotator cuff tears affect people of all ages and genders, but the problem is more common in adults. Rotator cuff tears can also result from sudden shoulder movements or overuse injuries during sports, such as pitching in baseball or playing tennis.
When you hear robotic joint replacement, a futuristic movie may come to mind. However, robotic assistance is used in the operating room and has proven to be an invaluable surgical tool not only for the surgeon but also for the recovering patient.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery used to treat many joint conditions in an outpatient setting. An arthroscope is a small tube that contains a system of lenses, a video camera, and a light. This tube is inserted into the body to view and treat joint conditions, such as inflammation, tendon/cartilage/ligament tears, injured or worn out cartilage cushioning, or pieces of loose bone or cartilage.
Knee Replacement is considered a routine procedure. Every year, over 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are carried out in the United States. Over 90 percent of patients experience a dramatic improvement in pain levels and mobility.
The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is the most commonly injured ligament in the knee. The ACL is a strong ligament that connects the femur to the tibia and helps stabilize the knee when you change direction rapidly or stop suddenly. It absorbs an incredible amount of stress and is therefore susceptible to tearing. An ACL tear most frequently occurs as a sports injury, especially in those sports involving pivoting, sudden changes in direction, or jumping.