A surgeon at Lincoln County Hospital has pioneered a new procedure to treat shoulder joint disruption.
Professor Mohammad Maqsood, a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, modified a procedure to reconstruct shoulder joints.
The alterations to the Weaver-Dunn procedure means the shoulder can be reconstructed without the need for metal plates or screws.
The surgery is best used for ligament and tendon injury around the acromio-clavicular joint.
This injury is quite common among athletes or following falls, and can mean the outer collar bone moves out of joint and button-holes through the shoulder muscle.
The new surgery allows for bone-to-bone union, meaning a faster and stronger recovery for patients.
It works by taking a graft from the patient’s coraco-acromial ligament and fixed at the outer end of the collar bone.
This also means there is no worry of complication, reaction or allergy to foreign materials.
Professor Maqsood said: “I have successfully treated more than 50 patients with this modified operative procedure over the last few years at Lincoln County Hospital.
“Shoulder injuries can be a very painful condition and often disabling in the long term.
“If shoulder injuries are not treated it can have a direct impact on patient’s day-to-day lives meaning they find it difficult to carry bags on their shoulder or lift even small weights.
“In the past the original Weaver-Dunn technique stitched ligament with the bone itself – this was not very strong and took a long time to heal.
“On many occasions if the shoulder was to heal it would be a weaker construction than the new modification.”