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BWH Orthopedic Surgeons Demonstrate New Minimally Invasive Approach to Rotator Cuff Repair in Live Surgery Webcast

Innovative procedure offers faster recovery and improved outcomes for patients

BOSTON, MA- On March 9 at 4:30 p.m. ET, orthopedic surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston will broadcast a live arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. The webcast is intended to educate physicians and patients about the latest surgical approach for rotator cuff repair and provide an overview of the many advantages of this approach over conventional techniques.

A tear of the rotator cuff is a common injury that often leads to pain and sometimes weakness in the shoulder and upper arm. Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair uses a small camera to view and guide repair of the rotator cuff. This approach enables surgeons to preserve attachment of the deltoid - a large muscle in the shoulder - and results in faster recovery time with less inflammation, discomfort, and scarring. Patients also generally experience better range-of-motion and accelerated rehabilitation.

Laurence D. Higgins, MD, Chief of Sports Medicine and Chief of the Shoulder Service within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will perform the procedure. Orthopedic surgeon Scott D. Martin, MD, will narrate the webcast, which will include an overview of pre- and post-surgical considerations, patient candidacy, and risks and benefits of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.

Scott D. Martin, MD, said, “Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is minimally invasive and decreases operation time compared to other rotator cuff procedures. There’s also less pain after the surgery, more rapid restoration of motion, and easier rehabilitation. Pain relief and functional results of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair are equivalent to open repair with an important difference - there’s no risk of the serious complication of deltoid muscle detachment.”

Dr. Martin added, “Broadcasting this surgery live presents a tremendous opportunity to introduce this technique to patients and to allow an open exchange of ideas and opinions from other surgeons." Patient questions will also be answered.

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is one of many new options available at the BWH Orthopedic and Arthritis Center. The Center offers comprehensive care for patients with a broad range of musculoskeletal and related disorders.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a 747-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare System, an integrated health care delivery network. BWH is committed to excellence in patient care with expertise in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery. The BWH medical preeminence dates back to 1832 and today that rich history in clinical care is coupled with its national leadership in quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, dedication to educating and training health care professionals, and strength in biomedical research. With $370M in funding and more than 500 research scientists, BWH is an acclaimed leader in clinical, basic and epidemiological investigation - including the landmark Nurses Health Study, Physicians Health Studies, and the Women’s Health Initiative. For more information about BWH, please visit: www.brighamandwomens.org.

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