HSS Study: Delay in Rotator Cuff Repair Associated with “Significant” Increase Revision Surgery
OrthoSpineNews reports on the findings of an HSS study published in Orthopedics by sports medicine surgeon Michael C. Fu, MD, MHS, which found a delay in rotator cuff repair is associated with an increased risk for subsequent revision surgery.
Dr. Fu explained the key takeaway from the study, noting, “The most important result is that there appears to be an association between a delay from the time of initial rotator cuff tear diagnosis to the time of rotator cuff repair, and the need for subsequent revision rotator cuff surgery due to repair failure. We found that a delay of more than 12 months from rotator cuff tear diagnosis to rotator cuff repair was associated with a significant increase in the rate of undergoing revision surgery in the future.”
Dr. Fu added, “A significant percentage of patients I see in the office with rotator cuff tears can still be successfully treated non-surgically, and there are factors that influence their prognosis such as age, tear size, activity level, muscle quality, etc. Based on the results of this study and our clinical experience, however, patients that have failed non-surgical treatment are advised that delaying rotator cuff repair may be associated with worse outcomes. Ideally, rotator cuff repair should be performed within 12 months of their rotator cuff tear diagnosis to optimize the chances of restoring shoulder function, relieving pain, and returning to the activities they love."
Read the full article at Orthospinenews.com.