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Shoulder labrum injuries can be devastating to many patients.  The traditional approach to a labrum repair is with the use of an arthroscope and conventional surgical measures.  After this procedure months are spent in physical rehabilitation trying to strengthen the joint.  Now there is a new method to recover your rotator cuff quicker with simple injections of your own stem cells.

The traditional arthroscope is a large device that will infiltrate the labrum.  This can cause additional trauma to the joint, which ultimately will increase the recovery time.  In contrast a physician can implement stem cells to the area of concern through a small needle of 25-27 Gauge.  This difference in size dramatically changes the outcome of the shoulder surgery. It will help speed up recovery by decreasing the amount of additional trauma applied to the joint during surgery.

However, many people may ask, How can a physician accurately place stem cells without seeing the inside of the labrum?  The answer resides in the use of the proper imaging and guidance techniques.  A physician using stem cell therapy should useultrasound-guided technology to properly locate the area of concern and place the stem cells accordingly.

The combination of small injection sites and non-invasive guidance results in the least amount of trauma to the shoulder.  This will give the patient the best outcome and increase their recovery.  However, stem cell therapy has an even greater benefit.  Stem cell application is not only minimally invasive but also promotes healing beyond traditional surgery.  Stem cells have the ability to replace lost cells in the shoulders labrum as well as promoting healing and replication of the native cells in the area.  This combination allows the shoulder to heal by use of natural methods.  However, a large tear in the labrum may still need shoulder surgery but for small complications stem cell medicine is the new minimally invasive technique to rebuild and regenerate the labrum back to health.

Copyright © 2013 Devin Stone and Alex Martin MD, Los Angeles

Works Cited

Burnett, R. S. J. “Clinical Presentation of Patients with Tears of the Acetabular Labrum.” The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 88.7 (2006): 1448-457. Print.

Gartsman, G. M. “What’s New in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.” The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 87.1 (2005): 226-40. Print.

Rios, Clifford G., Mary Beth McCarthy, Cristina Arciero, Jeffrey T. Spang, Robert A.   Arciero, and Augustus D. Mazzocca. “Biologics in Shoulder Surgery: The Role of  Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Tendon Repair.” Techniques in Orthopaedics  22.1 (2007): 2-9. Print.



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