Commonly asked questions for an Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Busfield.
Dr. Busfield has researched, written and published numerous papers in the peer-reviewed literature regarding sports medicine and joint replacement. Recently, his research interests were focused on rotator cuff arthroscopic repair, pain pumps, and shoulder surgery. His research has focused on ACL injuries in the National Basketball Association and the use of pain pumps after shoulder surgery. In 2012, Dr. Busfield gave a presentation on his pain pump research at the annual Western Orthopedic Association meeting.
Dr. Busfield is board certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS) and is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS). Furthermore, Dr. Busfield has been awarded the Certificate of Additional Qualification (CAQ) for Orthopedic Sports Medicine.
Throughout his training, Dr. Busfield has had a special interest in caring for the injured athlete. During his fellowship, Dr. Busfield assisted in the orthopedic care of Los Angeles professional sports teams including the Dodgers, Lakers, Ducks, Sparks, and Kings.
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Arthroscopic surgery really is the hallmark of sports medicine, but a lot of rotator cuff surgery, in fact, almost all of it is done arthroscopically. Typically, in patients that could be between 16 and 80 years old, is the most common age group. That surgery involves a period of immobilization in a sling to maximize the healing potential of the repair. That can lead to stiffness, which is a fairly common complication at least early on after the surgery. But to treat that, we typically do physical therapy for a number of months after surgery to regain motion, hopefully regaining all the motion and function by about the three-month mark. Thank you for watching and to learn more please visit our website or our YouTube channel at bassmedicalgroup.com.