N°016 - March / April 2022
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Story of subacromial balloon : is there a proof of science?
By Ladislav Kovačič (1), Vladimir Senekovič (2) in category UPDATE
(1) Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology of the Motor System, University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland - (2) Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology of the Motor System, Inselspital, University of Bern, Switzerland / [email protected]
This time of the year is marked with the 20th ESSKA Congress in Paris with the main theme: Science opens the mind. Science is for sure the mainstream of the medical practice. There is a strong direction to involve the novelty in the medicine by the scientific evidence. Every new surgical method, every innovation in technique and every new implant must pass the proof of science. One of the treatment options in shoulder surgery addressing irreparable rotator cuff tears – subacromial balloon was introduced into the clinical practice 10 years ago and it is still on way to pass the final evidence.
The scientific process typically starts with an observation and detection of the problem to be solved. The originality and ingenuity are needed to ask the right question about was has been observed. Only meticulously planned experiment can give the answer to the hypothesis – the prediction how to answer the specific question. Only then, if the results align with the hypothesis, we are close to the explanation and solution. The process described is well known in the medical community but complicated in details and many times not simple and easy going. However, for the several centuries, this is a method of acquiring knowledge, promoting development, and the way to open our...
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