Surgeon’s innovation relieves shoulder pain

Roger Hackney
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patients with a painful shoulder injury could see their lives transformed thanks to an innovative treatment invented by a Leeds surgeon.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Roger Hackney designed a fabric patch which helps to repair torn shoulder tendons.

The Leeds-Kuff Patch is inserted during a short operation and encourages the growth of patients’ own tissue.

Mr Hackney, who works at Spire Leeds Hospital in Roundhay, developed the implant after not being able to offer younger patients an effective treatment.

He said: “The special joint replacement for someone without a rotator cuff is only generally recommended for a patient over 70. For younger patients, the thought they would have to suffer a life of pain and restricted movement, often resulting in them not being able to work, seemed unacceptable.

“One of the advantages of the patch is that it can be used where no other repair can be achieved and the alternative treatments might give a poor outcome, so the patch is a great advance for this condition.”

The surgeon, a former Olympic runner who competed at the 1984 Los Angeles games, took his idea to Leeds-based firm Neoligaments and the patch was developed over three years.

It is stitched in place over the rotator cuff, the muscle that enables the arm to be raised, and holds repaired tendons in place, alleviating pain and restoring movement.

The first patient was treated in January 2013 and the treatment has now been approved for use in the UK and Europe.

Patient Margaret Dyson, from Moortown, Leeds, was in constant pain from rheumatoid arthritis and could not lift her arm.

The 53-year-old described the surgery as a “miracle”.

“I’m really pleased with my range of movement and following the success of the surgery I’m looking forward to getting my other shoulder done. I would say it’s a miracle and would and advise anyone who is in a similar situation to find out more about this procedure,” she said.