ICJR Interviews: The Safety of Shoulder Arthroscopy in Older Patients

    Older adult patients can be assured that shoulder arthropscopy is a safe procedure, with a low risk of adverse events.

    That’s the conclusion of Alexis C. Colvin, MD, and her colleagues from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, who looked at outcomes of more than 7800 cases in the ACS-NSQIP database from 2005 to 2013.

    They found a 1.6% risk of adverse events, with the most common adverse events being return to the operating room, urinary tract infection, and deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism.

    Patients were more likely to experience an adverse event if they were older than age 80, had a BMI greater than 35, and were functionally dependent.

    Click the image above to hear Dr. Colvin discuss the study, “Shoulder Arthroscopy in the Older Adult Population: Who’s at Risk for Postoperative Complications?” (Paper 330), which was presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Orlando.

    Producer: Susan Doan-Johnson; Director: Michael Bugera; Post Production: Charles J. Maynard