Ashland Surgeon Pioneers Revolutionary Rotator Cuff Technology at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital

Jarrod R. Smith, MD

The Rotation Medical implant is making a difference in these patients’ lives.

Smith Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, PSC today announced that Dr. Jarrod Smith is the first in Ashland to treat patients suffering from rotator cuff disease using the Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant – a new technology that helps tendons heal through the induction of new tissue growth, potentially helping patients resume normal activities quicker than traditional treatment and reducing the likelihood of further degeneration or re-tears.

The minimally invasive system is designed as a new option for people suffering from rotator cuff tendon tears in the shoulder joint, which affect more than 4 million people annually in the U.S. and are the most common source of shoulder pain and disability.

“Rotator cuff injury is common, and many patients avoid surgery because they hear about painful, lengthy postoperative rehabilitation and time away from work,” said Dr. Jarrod Smith. “The Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant, which is about the size of a postage stamp, is inserted through a small incision during a minimally invasive procedure. The Bioinductive Implant induces the formation of new tendinous tissue over the surface of the tendon, resulting in a thicker tendon. Depending on their stage of rotator cuff disease, the Bioinductive Implant can provide patients a range of potential benefits, including shorter rehabilitation, faster recovery, prevention or slowing of disease progression, healing of partial-thickness tears, and decreased risk of developing a subsequent tear.”

Rotator cuff tears are most often caused by chronic wear and tear with degeneration of the tendon. Rotator cuff tears can also occur in people who repeatedly perform overhead motions in their jobs or sports. In fact, more than 50 percent of people over age 60 have symptoms. Because traditional treatments do not address the poor quality of the underlying tendon tissue, a significant number of these tendons often develop into larger, more painful and debilitating tears and/or re-tears due to continuing degeneration of the torn tendon. The Bioinductive Implant allows surgeons to intervene early and potentially prevent disease…

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