Shoulder surgeries using the latest techniques were performed at Sai Institute of Sports Injury and Arthroscopy here on Sunday and demonstrated live for the benefit of 200-odd orthopaedic surgeons in the state.
The surgeries were performed as part of the sixth annual SISA workshop on shoulder surgery where three latest techniques in use _ Shoulder Stabilisation Surgery with Knotless Technology, treating Rotator Cuff (shoulder muscle) tear with Double Row Repair Technique with Swivellock anchors and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty technique that treats irreparable rotator cuff tear with advanced stage shoulder arthritis in very elderly people - were deliberated.
“At the workshop, only first two surgeries could be performed and the third could not be done as the patient was unable to come due to unavoidable circumstances,’’ Dr K Raghuveer Reddy of SISA said.
He explained the techniques that are increasingly used by orthopaedic surgeons all over the world. ‘’Normally, in other countries, 90 per cent of shoulder-related problems are associated with sports while accidents cause such injuries in India,’’ he said.
According to him, shoulder dislocations is quite common in people in the age group of 20 to 30 while rotator cuff tear is more common in the group aged 50-60 years and the irreparable rotator cuff tear with advanced stage of shoulder arthritis is found in very elderly people.
M Venkataramana, a businessman in Hyderabad, who had undergone the Double Row Repair Technique surgery, said he had sustained the injury while trying to prevent himself from falling down a staircase. The 52-year-old man, who was otherwise healthy, visited several hospitals to know why he was unable to lift his hand though there was no external injury.
“I had no idea then that my shoulder muscle was torn. I was told by my gym coach to consult SISA where they identified the cause and explained about the surgery. Initially, I was worried but I came in contact with a farmer who underwent the surgery and recovered fast in a matter of months. I opted for the surgery and am recovering well,’’ he told Express.