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Rotator cuff bioimplant causes new tissue formation, healing tears: Study

997px-dislocated_shoulder_x-ray_10_0Rotation Medical, which is dedicated to developing technologies to treat rotator cuff disease, reported study results Wednesday showing its collagen-based implant caused new tissue to form in patients with rotator cuff tears.

Rotator cuff tears are traditionally treated with surgery, but given the long rehabilitation time and lifestyle changes required for recovery, many people wait until the injury and pain have progressed before opting for surgery, Rotation said in a statement. According to the Mayo Clinic, some surgical procedures to treat rotator cuff injuries are time-sensitive. Waiting too long can make rotator cuff repair difficult.

Rotation Medical’s rotator cuff system is a collagen-based, bioinductive implant the size of a postage stamp. Derived from bovine Achilles tendon, it is designed to promote the formation of new tendon-like tissue in the rotator cuff and absorb gradually over 6 months, according to the company. It is delivered arthroscopically and was FDA-cleared in 2014.

By Amirah Al Idrus | FierceBiotech

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