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Posted on Jun 06, 2017

American Health Network today announced that Dr. Brian Badman is the first and only shoulder surgeon in Indiana to treat patients suffering from rotator cuff disease using the Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant – a new technology that helps tendons heal through the induction of new tissue growth, potentially helping patients resume normal activities quicker than traditional treatment and reducing the likelihood of further degeneration or re-tears.

The minimally invasive system is designed as a new option for people suffering from rotator cuff tendon tears in the shoulder joint, which affect more than 4 million people annually in the U.S. and are the most common source of shoulder pain and disability.

“Rotator cuff injury is common, and many patients avoid surgery because they hear about painful, lengthy postoperative rehabilitation and time away from work,” said Dr. Brian Badman. “The Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant, which is about the size of a postage stamp, is inserted through a small incision during a minimally invasive arthroscopic outpatient procedure. The Bioinductive Implant induces the formation of new tendinous tissue over the surface of the tendon, resulting in a thicker tendon. Depending on their stage of rotator cuff disease, the Bioinductive Implant can provide patients a range of potential benefits, including shorter rehabilitation, faster recovery, prevention or slowing of disease progression, healing of partial-thickness tears, and decreased risk of developing a subsequent tear.” Several prominent orthopedic shoulder surgeons across the country have helped pioneer this technology including Dr. Jeff Abrams at Princeton and Dr. Buddy Savoie at Tulane University.

Rotator cuff tears are most often caused by chronic wear and tear with degeneration of the tendon. Rotator cuff tears can also occur in people who repeatedly perform overhead motions in their jobs or sports. In fact, more than 50 percent of people over age 60 have symptoms related to rotator cuff partial to full tearing of the tendon. Because traditional treatments do not address the poor quality of the underlying tendon tissue, a significant number of these tendons often develop into larger, more painful and debilitating tears and/or re-tears due to continuing degeneration of the torn tendon. The Bioinductive Implant allows surgeons to intervene early and potentially prevent disease progression by augmenting and healing the tendon before the injury worsens.

The Bioinductive Implant, manufactured by Rotation Medical, is suitable for most rotator cuff disease, from small partial-thickness tears to massive full-thickness tears. The Bioinductive Implant is derived from bovine Achilles tendon and gradually absorbs within six months, leaving a layer of new tendon-like tissue to biologically augment the existing tendon. This treatment can be used for both previously treated and untreated patients. Introduced to the market in 2014, the technology has been used in thousands of rotator cuff procedures in the U.S.

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About Dr. Badman
Dr. Badman grew up in South Bend, Indiana. He completed his orthopedic residency training at the University of Florida-Gainesville in 2005 and finished a shoulder and elbow fellowship at the Florida Orthopedic Institute in Tampa in 2006. Dr. Badman joined American Health Network (AHN) in 2011 as the founding member of AHN’s Bone & Spine group. He has subspecialty interest in shoulder and elbow disorders, with specialty training in arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, shoulder instability, total shoulder arthroplasty, reverse shoulder arthroplasty and proximal humeral fracture fixation. He is a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society and is only the fourth person from Indiana to be inducted into this prestigious international group of shoulder specialists. Over the past several years, Dr. Badman has consistently been one of the busiest reconstructive shoulder surgeons in the state, performing more than 150 replacement surgeries per year (total and reverse) and over 250 arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs annually.

About American Health Network’s Bone & Spine Group
American Health Network’s bone & spine physicians deal with diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculo-skeletal system, which includes bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The group provides fully integrated state-of-the-art care from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation. For more information, visit