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Superior capsular reconstruction restores the normal capsular kinematics in abduction
ESSKA Academy. Yiannakopoulos C. Nov 8, 2019; 284416; epESA-27
Prof. Christos Yiannakopoulos
Prof. Christos Yiannakopoulos
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Superior capsular reconstruction restores the normal capsular kinematics in abduction

ePoster - epESA-27

Topic: Imaging

Yiannakopoulos C.1,2, Alexopoulos T.3, Vlastos I.2
1National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Biomechanics Laboratory, School of Physical Education and Sport Science, Athens, Greece, 2Metropolitan General Hospital, 2nd Orthopaedic Department, Athens, Greece, 3Metropolitan General Hospital, Medical Imaging, Athens, Greece

Introduction: The biomechanical goal of superior capsular reconstruction (SCR) used for the treatment of irreparable rotator cuff tears is to replicate normal capsular biomechanics. In biomechanical experiments during shoulder abduction folding of the superior capsule between the humeral head and the glenoid has been noted.
Objectives: The primary objective of this study was to study the kinematics of the superior capsular reconstruction graft during shoulder abduction.
Methods: The kinematics of the capsule were evaluated in 5 patients postoperatively using real time ultrasound imaging.
Results: In all studied cases, folding of the superior capsule graft was shown during shoulder abduction resembling the biomechanical experimental data.
Conclusions: This study showed that SCR replicates normal capsule kinematics.
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