Massive irreparable rotator cuff tears have usually been considered inoperable. That is, until now!

Dayton Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Center is proud to announce the introduction of a new type of surgical procedure that allows massive rotator cuff tears (which have been considered too severe for surgical treatment) to be surgically repaired.

Massive Rotator Cuff Tears

massive rotator cuff tears

The Stryker Balloonplasty employs the InSpace device, which steps in for the fluid-filled bursa — the natural cushion in the shoulder that typically becomes inflamed and painful when the rotator cuff’s tendon tears — to create space between the shoulder and arm’s scapula, acromion and humerus bones.

The balloon implant biodegrades over the course of about six to 12 months, and, in that time, reduces friction between the bones to lessen pain and improve recovery after a shoulder injury. The InSpace balloon implant is designed to restore the subacromial space without requiring sutures or fixation devices and has been demonstrated to improve shoulder motion and function.

Finally, we can offer relief to patients with full-thickness, irreparable, massive rotator cuff tears! This exciting surgery has been used for over a decade in Europe, with great success.

The procedure is performed arthroscopically, which means a tiny incision is made in the front of the shoulder rather than a full, open, traditional surgery scar. This leads to a much quicker recovery period, with fewer complications from wound care, scar tissue and infection. Normal activity can be resumed much faster than traditional open shoulder surgery.

If you have previously been told that your massive rotator cuff tears are inoperable, contact Dayton shoulder specialist Dr Jonathan Paley at Dayton Orthopedic Surgery for a consultation. Call (937) 436-5763 today, to see if the Stryker Balloonplasty would help reduce your pair and improve your quality of life.