New Surgical Technique for Shoulder Injuries Pioneered At Spire Bristol Hospital

4th June 2009

“Knot-free” technique reduces patients’ pain and recovery time

A pioneering new “knot-free” technique for shoulder surgery which reduces patients’ pain and recovery time has been unveiled by a Bristol hospital.

Leading orthopaedic surgeon Neil Blewitt completed a three-year study into shoulder surgery at Spire Bristol Hospital, The Glen.

Mr Blewitt said: “This new method means no knots are required during surgery which provides a much more reliable anchorage for the tendon.

“This means we can repair torn shoulder tendons using minimal access resulting in reduced stay in hospital, typically down from three nights previously to a standard day-case.

“Also, because minimal access is used to the area which needs repair, post-procedure pain is greatly reduced resulting in a far shorter recovery time.”

The three-year independently-reviewed study examined the recovery at 15 months of 50 patients who had been through the surgery at Spire Bristol Hospital.

Bristol resident Colin Millard was one of those patients and had suffered long-term shoulder pain before undergoing the new surgery.

He said: “Before my operation my shoulder pain had been ongoing for nine months.

“It was impacting on my job and made sleeping and driving very difficult. I have been so pleased with the results and have healed much faster than expected.”

He added: “I couldn’t believe it was so quick, I was in hospital at 7am and home that evening.”

Since the study began Mr Blewitt has performed well over 200 similar operations, technically called arthroscopic cuff repairs.

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