Rotator Cuff Surgery is Most Common Upper Extremity Ambulatory Orthopaedic Procedure

shoulder specialist rotator cuff outpatient ambulatory surgery
Jain, N. B., Higgins, L. D., Losina, E., Collins, J., Blazar, P. E., & Katz, J. N. (2014). Epidemiology of musculoskeletal upper extremity ambulatory surgery in the United States. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 15(1), 4.

This study analyzed data from the 2006 National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery to assess which surgeries were most commonly performed in ambulatory surgery centers (outpatient) in the United States. They included only upper extremity surgeries.

Key findings include:
  • Arthroscopic procedures were the most common
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery was the most common procedure
  • General shoulder arthroscopy, elbow arthroscopy, carpal tunnel release, and wrist arthroscopy were the next most common procedures
  • Rotator cuff repair was more common in males
  • Most shoulder arthroscopy (besides rotator cuff tears) was for impingement or instability (labral tears, etc)
  • The highest incidence of rotator cuff repair was in the 65-74 age range (28.3 per 10,000 persons)
  • Average surgery time for rotator cuff repair was 106 minutes


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