Tendon injuries are one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints reported to general practitioners, with shoulder pain affecting more than 50% of adults over the age of 50. Mostly frequently, shoulder pain is the result of damage to the rotator cuff tendon. Rotator cuff tendon tears have a significant impact on the individual, not only affecting their ability to work or play sport, but also those common daily tasks that we take for granted, like dressing, having a shower, or even getting a good night’s sleep.
Surgery to repair rotator cuff tendons is problematic because the underlying tendon is weakened and re-tears are very common. Re-tears require additional surgery to repair the damage. Orthocell’s CelGro™ collagen membrane assists in strengthening the surgical repair of damaged or torn tendons to restore function and relieve pain.
Promising Clinical Results
The performance of CelGro™ when used to augment repair of rotator cuff tendinopathy and tear was recently evaluated in a clinical trial. Two years after their surgery, 89% of patients reported that they were pain free and had normal shoulder function, and a further 11% reported that their shoulder function was better than before the surgery. No patients needed more surgery to fix a re-tear.
Patients reported significant improvements in their ability to dress themselves and sleep at night, and were back at work and playing sport without discomfort or pain.
“ The tendon in my right shoulder was frayed at the ends and difficult to repair because I’d left it so long. When Dr Wang said that being in the CelGro™ study might improve outcomes, I thought it would be worth trying. I’m an active person and wanted long-lasting mobility, without going under the knife again and again. That’s why CelGro™ made sense for me. So much so, I have gone back to get my other shoulder done.” - Ken Winfield, trial participant
More information on CelGro™’s tendon regeneration trial can be found here.
Strengthening Tendon Repair
Current surgical repairs are performed with great skill, but unfortunately there is a high rate of failure. The repaired tendon is often weaker, due to the poor quality of the tendon tissue, and prone to re-tear. CelGro™ was designed with handling characteristics to assist surgeons perform reconstructive procedures, while creating a unique healing environment to improve the quality of the regenerated tendon tissue. Better quality tissue strengthens the repair and reduces the risk of re-tear.
“Rotator cuff repair can be a challenging area. An effective biological augment to surgical repair is increasingly desired by the orthopaedic community. CelGro™ has been shown to improve tissue healing and assists in reducing the surgical revision rate of rotator cuff tendon.” – Professor Alan Wang, Orthopaedic surgeon and CelGro™ trial Principal Investigator
CelGro™ Surgical Procedure
More about CelGro™
CelGro™ is a unique collagen medical device intended for use in tissue regeneration and repair. CelGro™ enhances tendon regeneration in three different ways.
CelGro™ creates a bio-active healing environment to improve the quality of tissue repair
CelGro™ facilitates and promotes higher quality tissue repair, reducing the risk of re-tear
CelGro™ can be used in tendons at multiple sites throughout the body