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New surgical video on Rotator Cuff Repair Augmented with Stem Cells and Growth Factors.

Rotator Cuff Repair can be improved by using the patient’s own stem cells to stimulate healing. This is a video of real surgery in which I harvest the patients stem cells from his bone marrow in the same shoulder were I am repairing his rotator cuff.  We have the technology to prepare the stem cells and growth factors in the OR while the repair is being completed, then injecting them into the repair site to foster more rapid and thorough healing.  This technique was recently featured on Houston’s ABC Channel 13 News.Video

Stems cells for shoulder or knee surgery?

For the last 18 months I have been taking advantage of the stem cells naturally present in your bone marrow to accelerate my patients healing after shoulder and knee surgery. Using the Biomet Biocue system, I aspirate the marrow, concentrate the stem cells then re-inject them into the repair site during surgery. This can be done for knee and shoulder surgery. This way my patients get the advantages of using stem cells to accelerate healing after surgery. The cool thing is it can be done right at the time of the repair… no need for a second procedure to obtain the stem cells!

This video shows the aspiration of bone marrow from a patients right shoulder while we are doing a rotator cuff repair. We punch a hole in the bone (that we would have anyway during the course of the repair), take the marrow, and then a technician will concentrate the stem cells from the marrow while I am doing the repair with my surgical team.  Once the repair is complete I inject the stem cells into the repair site. If you look at the video monitor in the background you can see what we are watching inside the shoulder with the arthroscope while obtaining the marrow.

Prep for Sports! Agility training is key!

Dr. Lintner is interviewed by KPRC  Channel 2 reporter Rachel McNeill regarding how to prepare for sports that involve cutting and jumping. Strength is important, but you can and should train your ability to land from a jump, balance, etc.

Calcific Tendonitis

Check out the surgical video of calcific tendonitis of the rotator cuff. http://youtu.be/n4SGhw5hE5U

Physical exam of the elbow and shoulder

Want to diagnose an elbow injury? A shoulder injury?

After presenting this topic at the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association annual meeting we have received  many requests for a “how to” videos of the physical examination of the elbow.    So, here you go! This shows how I typically evaluate the athlete’s elbow, with emphasis on diagnosing thrower’s injuries.

Physical Examination of the shoulder by Dr. David Lintner. This video shows how to examine the athlete’s shoulder with emphasis on the rotator cuff, labrum, and ligaments. Issues common to thrower’s shoulders are highlighted.

Football is coming, are you ready for the heat?

Dr. Lintner is interviewed about preparing for football practice in the heat. It is important to acclimate for the heat by exercising outside BEFORE football ( or any fall sport) begins.

Is Field Turf Safer than Natural Grass?

Field Turf vs Natural Grass in American Journal of Sports Medicine Here is very good article written by other NFL team physicians regrding the injury rates on these popular playing surfaces. The old artifical turf was associated with higher injury rates, but this paper examines the newer type of turf that hopefully will act more like natural grass. The authors found that overall injury rates were similar, but ACL tears and eversion (high-ankle) sprains were more common on Field Turf. Note that this study was done on NFL players, so it may not apply to everyone.   Dr. L.

Radio Interview

Listen to Dr. Lintner’s interview on Sports Radio 610 Regarding Heat Illness in Athletes.

Avoid Heat Illness in Athletes.

How Texas is Striving to Make Football Safer

Dr. Lintner is interviewed in Dave Campbell’s 2011 Texas Football magazine article regarding concussions, heat illness, and what Texas is doing to make football safer. Read about it here:

2011 Texas Football-Concussion article

Viscosupplementation Treatment for Arthritis

The first line of treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee aims to relieve pain. Normally, pain relievers such as ibuprofen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used, along with physical therapy, applications of a topical analgesic and injections of a corticosteroid. However, some people have a reaction to NSAIDs and these agents usually bring only temporary relief.

A relatively new procedure, called viscosupplementation, injects a preparation of hyaluronic acid into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial (joint) fluid. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads.

People with osteoarthritis (“wear-and-tear” arthritis) have a lower-than-normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in their joints. Viscosupplementation may be a therapeutic option for individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Read more about Viscosupplementation Treatment for Arthritis on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) website.

Dr. David Lintner - Houston Orthopedic Surgeon