New treatment for shoulder dislocations

The shoulder is the most commonly dislocated joint in the human body, occurring most often in young, athletic people but for some patients, standard stability-restoring procedures are ineffective.

New research from the University of Michigan Health System shows patients who have recurrent shoulder dislocations may benefit from surgical reconstruction using cadaver bone and cartilage to essentially ‘sculpt’ a new shoulder.

The study lead by Jon Sekiya, M.D., surgeon and associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, showed that even small defects and small divots in the humeral head can cause biomechanical consequences which can affect stability.

Because standard procedures meant to tighten the ligaments and repair the tissues responsible for stabilising the joint do not address bone defects, a new technique was developed.

Source: University of Michigan
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