Physicians Develop New Technique for Rotator Cuff Repair at the Andrews Institute

Physicians at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine have developed a minimally invasive technique to repair large and massive rotator cuff tears, Arthroscopic Triple–Row Rotator Cuff Repair: A Modified Suture–Bridge Technique. The new procedure, developed and perfected by Roger V. Ostrander, M.D. and James R. Andrews, M.D., improves a surgeon’s ability to restore anatomy for the repair of massive tears through arthroscopic surgery, rather than traditional, more invasive techniques.

“I started performing this technique more than five years ago after noticing that the success rate of major tear repairs was below an acceptable level,” said Ostrander. “We studied the technique in our surgical skills lab and I have since performed this procedure on hundreds of patients with great success.”

photo: Roger V. Ostrander, M.D. and Tom Aldridge (seated)

Tom Aldridge, a 50–year–old physical education teacher and track coach, is a prime example of that success. While working with triple–jumpers, Aldridge incurred a shoulder injury that left him with minimal use of his left arm and a lot of pain.

“I was extremely concerned about my future since being active is essential for my job,” said Aldridge. “I had heard friends describe this type of shoulder surgery as painful with a difficult recovery, but my experience was quite the opposite.”

Through this new technique, Aldridge had several anchors used in his rotator cuff repair and today is an active coach, teacher, swimmer, scuba diver and a “P90X® graduate.”

Advantages of the new technique, currently performed at the leading–edge Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Fla., include minimal pain, a higher success rate and much faster recovery time allowing patients to get back to doing the things they love.

The new technique was highlighted on the cover of Orthopedics magazine in August 2009 and featured in a five–page article. Orthopedics is a national publication targeting orthopaedic professionals containing the latest updates and information about the industry.

Dr. Ostrander is an orthopaedic physician specializing in treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow and ankle. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and completed a sports medicine & arthroscopy fellowship program under world–renowned Dr. James Andrews. As an active clinical investigator, he has authored numerous articles published in such outlets as “Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery,” “Journal of Elbow and Shoulder Surgery,” and “Postsurgical Orthopedic Sports Rehabilitation: knee and Shoulder.” Dr. Ostrander is also the recipient of numerous awards such as the Award of Service Excellence for Outstanding Patient Satisfaction, designating him as one of Baptist Health Care’s physicians ranking in the top one percent in patient satisfaction.

Dr. James Andrews is internationally known and recognized throughout the world for his scientific and clinical research contributions in knee, shoulder and elbow injuries, as well as his skill as an orthopaedic surgeon. He is a founding partner and medical director for the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and a founding member of the American Sports Medicine Institute. Involved in education and research in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery, he has made major presentations on every continent, and has authored numerous scientific articles and books. Dr. Andrews also recently completed a one–year term serving as president of the American Orthopaedics Society for Sports Medicine where he played a critical role in developing the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to educate parents, coaches, athletes and healthcare providers about youth sports injury prevention.

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About the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Located minutes from Pensacola, Florida in Gulf Breeze, the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine provides world–class care and service for the athlete in everyone. The Institute boasts more than 40 physicians and medical experts providing top–notch service in specialties ranging from orthopaedics and podiatry to ophthalmology, joint care and neurology, and is accessible to everyone. It is the world’s only facility offering surgery, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and athletic performance training all on one campus. The one–of–a–kind center focuses on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries while using the expertise of nationally and internationally renowned orthopaedic surgeon James Andrews, M.D. Dr. Andrews is best known as physician to some of sport’s greatest professional athletes. For additional information, visit

The Andrews Institute is a facility of Baptist Health Care, a community–owned, not–for–profit health care organization committed to improving the quality of life for people and communities in Northwest Florida and South Alabama. Nationally recognized for performance excellence and quality achievement, Baptist received the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2003; and has consistently ranked in the 99th percentile for patient satisfaction as recognized by Press Ganey. Baptist Health Care includes four hospitals, two medical parks, Baptist Manor, Baptist Home Health Care and Durable Medical Equipment, Baptist Leadership Group, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Baptist Medical Group and Lakeview Center. With more than 6,000 employees, Baptist Health Care is the largest non–governmental employer in northwest Florida. For more information, please visit

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