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New device offers alternative to rotator cuff surgery

FOX 5 New York reports on a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved balloon implant and technique being used to repair torn rotator cuffs and includes commentary from Joshua S. Dines, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS.

According to Dr. Dines, “People as we get older often tear their rotator cuff which is a group of muscles on the shoulder that help elevate the shoulder and elevate it we use it for everyday activities playing sports it's very important to shoulder function if it tears it can be very painful.”

Dr. Dines is cautiously optimistic about the new technique. “For a small portion of patients, having this balloon which we didn't have before potentially becomes a good treatment option. I say potentially because for me personally, I need to see more data,” he noted.

This segment aired during the 5pm evening news on October 20, 2021. Watch the full segment at Fox5ny.com.