Richard Lukas is happy to be back on the golf course after a superior capsular reconstruction surgery with Dr. Gruber that restored his shoulder range of motion, which he is demonstrating in this photo.
Richard Lukas is an active retiree living in Arizona and originally from New York. Golf is his passion along with pickle ball. He lives in Arizona with his wife; his daughter and four of his grandchildren also reside in Arizona.
Richard originally came to see Dr. Brian Gruber, board certified orthopedic surgeon, over a year ago to repair a torn meniscus, which went very well. Shortly after, he was playing in the pool with one of his grandkids and injured his rotator cuff. After having such a positive experience with Dr. Gruber for treatment for his torn meniscus, he decided to go back to him for the rotator cuff injury.
“Upon exam and MRI, Dr. Gruber said that I don’t have a rotator cuff anymore,” Richard shared. “He identified that I’d injured my rotator cuff 10 years earlier and slowly over the years, the tissue had eroded and the muscle had atrophied.”
My best options for restoring function and my rotator cuff were a total shoulder replacement or a newer procedure that Dr. Gruber was doing where he takes cadaver tissue and totally reconstructs the rotator cuff.
“Dr. Gruber told me that I would be the sixth person he performed this surgery on,” said Richard. “He was very honest that this was not a ‘normal rotator cuff surgery’ and it would be a longer recovery – approximately 12 to 18 months – but that the success rate was good.”
Richard decided to have the more innovative surgery called superior capsule reconstruction, which is performed in less than an hour using allograft from cadaver tissue. He is now several months into his recovery and doing very well with about 90 percent range of motion and hoping to get 100 percent by the 18-month mark.
“I did my physical therapy with Jessica Tate, PT, DPTat Integrated Orthopedics physical therapy (PT) clinicand have had a fantastic experience,” said Richard. “Jessica really knows her stuff and is very professional and caring.”
In fact, just a few weeks after his rotator cuff surgery, Richard experienced a blood clot that required immediate medical attention to address. The blood clot made PT more challenging and Richard noted that Jessica was especially delicate and caring during his PT sessions right after this happened.
“The entire team at Integrated Orthopedics is great,” noted Richard. “Dr. Gruber is extremely dedicated to his patients and their recovery, and he is meticulous in his work. Jessica is a caring and knowledgeable physical therapist and Rob Hutchinson, PAis also fantastic and has a great bedside manner.”
We aim to always offer the most innovative orthopedic therapies available to our patient community. The two primary ones we offer currently are regenerative medicine in the form of stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and iovera cold therapy for pre-surgical treatment and pain management.
In addition to general orthopedics and podiatry, including surgical specialties in knees, shoulders, feet and ankles, sports medicine is a large part of our practice at Integrated Orthopedics. We love working with athletes of all levels and ages. It’s very rewarding to help someone get back to the sport they love participating in. In this month’s infographic, we share a little bit more about what sports medicine is, the training a doctor has who is a sports medicine specialist and how having this specialty benefits our patients.