Category Archives: Orthopedic Surgery

How do PRP injections work?

We have posted journals in the past that support the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections to help heal many orthopedic injuries, but we have not discussed how PRP injections work. Platelets circulate in the blood and play an important role in hemostasis (controlling bleeding) and wound healing. When there is injury, platelets flock […]

Stem Cells Help Heal and Protect Rotator Cuff Repair

Stem cell injections have been a hot topic lately; however, as providers we are still learning how to best utilize these injections. Recent studies have shown that augmenting a rotator cuff repair (RCR) with mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) results in faster healing as well as decreased incidence of re-tear of the rotator cuff. In the […]

Risk Factors for Complication after Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy

The risk of complication after a knee or shoulder arthroscopy is extremely low. Studies have found the rate of complication after shoulder arthroscopy to be 0.86% and complication after knee arthroscopy to be 0.92%. These rates are so low due to the fact that arthroscopic procedures utilize small incisions that heal faster, create less trauma, […]

What Graft Is Best For Your ACL Reconstruction?

Tearing an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) graft is a devastating occurrence after ACL reconstruction (ACLR). Identifying and understanding the independent predictors of ACLR graft failure is important for surgical planning, patient counseling, and efforts to decrease the risk of graft failure. Types of grafts Patient’s with a torn ACL who are undergoing ACL reconstruction have a […]

Biceps tenotomy (release) vs Biceps tenodesis (re-attachment) for treatment of SLAP tear

A SLAP tear is a superior labral tear anterior to posterior. The labrum is the rim of cartilage in the shoulder joint. The long head of the biceps attaches at the top of the labrum. When a patient gets a SLAP tear, the biceps tendon can continue to pull on this torn cartilage creating pain. […]