An implant made from the Achilles heel of a cow is being used by NHS surgeons to repair debilitating torn shoulder muscles, restoring movement to paralysed arms in just a fortnight. The experimental patch is stapled over the damaged tissue, providing support while stimulating the body’s healing response. One of the first British patients to benefit, who underwent the procedure in March, says she’s now ‘back playing golf’. Louisa Maguire, 68, from Cheshire, had been suffering increasing pain for years due to a small yet growing tear in her rotator cuff, the group of four muscless that surrounds the shoulder joint and supports arm movement. Now, four months after the surgery, she says: ‘It feels like I have a new shoulder.’ In a small study of 23 patients with recurrent shoulder injuries, 21 of them regained full mobility and were pain-free a year after having the operation. An implant made from the Achilles heel of a cow is being used by NHS surgeons to repair debilitating torn shoulder muscles, restoring movement to paralysed arms in just a fortnight The postage stamp-sized implant was approved for NHS use earlier this year. While new to the UK, thousands of patients in the… Read full this story
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