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Massive rotator cuff tears - when to do what?
Austria (AMSA) - University of Vienna, Vienna
Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Herz Jesu Hospital, Orthopaedic department II
Dr Werner Anderl
Dr Philipp Heuberer, Dr Leo Pauzenberger, Mag. Brenda Laky PhD
Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Massive irreparable rotator cuff tears are a difficult entity to treat. It is a challenging problem not only for surgeons but also for patients. There are several treatment options from non-operative treatment to partial repairs, debridement, muscle tendon transfers over superior capsular reconstruction to joint replacement. When to aim for what treatment option is still matter of debate. An understanding of the patient
What is the aim of the project?
To first find out when a shoulder shows an impairment and dysfunction in reference to torn tendons and second which treatment modality is best.
What techniques and methods are used?
Analysis of an established shoulder database, systematic reviews, clinical trials
What is the role of the student?
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Literature search, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, patient exploration, scientific paper preparation and/or writing, presentation preparation to be presented within the department about preliminary study results; assitance in surgery is possible.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
There are journal clubs in the department. The student is welcome to participate in conferences
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Willingness to work hard and interest for orthopaedics and sports medicine. English language proficiency.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- Heuberer et al. KSSTA 2016
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