Shoulder Articular Cartilage Repair Overview
Articular cartilage repair of the shoulder involves indentifying the damaged surface of the humerus and then stimulating a cartilaginous repair process. Most commonly, this is performed using a microfracture awl in order to perforate the exposed bone and release stem cells to the surface of the damaged shoulder joint. Occasionally, the lesions are too large and grafting must be performed.
Shoulder Articular Cartilage Repair - Surgical Technique
Articular cartilage repair by stem cell paste grafting is performed by harvesting articular cartilage and bone from another part of the body, packing it into a paste and then impacting the paste onto the damaged lesion in the shoulder. When the shoulder lesions are too large, then a full osteochondral graft is used to replace the damaged area.
Shoulder Articular Cartilage Repair - Rehabilitation
Shoulder articular cartilage repair is technically difficult and requires a very specific rehabilitation program to remodel the damaged cartilaginous surface. Indications for repair are generally when the patient has suffered a focal trauma or injury to a specific part of the articular cartilage in the shoulder, when the remainder of the shoulder is generally in a healthy condition.
Shoulder Articular Cartilage Repair at The Stone Clinic
Why we are different: We have optimized cartilage repair techniques to match with an immediate rehabilitation program. The way we design our repairs gives us the confidence to mobilize the shoulder. Since post operative rehabilitation starts on day one in our clinic with our rehabilitation team we are able to customize the range of motion and strengthening program to each individual in order to achieve our goal of returning you fitter, faster, and stronger® than you were before you were injured.
The Stone Clinic
Building Better Joints Through Advanced Techniques in Cartilage Replacement, Regeneration and Repair