Patient satisfaction is high for outpatient shoulder arthroplasty at ASCs: 4 study insights

Research published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery assessed the safety and patient satisfaction of outpatient shoulder arthroplasty performed at ASCs.

Researchers collected data on patients who had undergone outpatient shoulder arthroplasty at two ASCs through a questionnaire on the patient's pain control, experience, satisfaction and healthcare use 90 days after surgery from August 2013 to July 2016. A total of 41 procedures were reviewed.

Here are the study insights to know:

1. Ninety-seven percent of patients were satisfied with the outpatient procedure.

2. Three minor complications occurred within 90 days after the surgery after the first follow-up.

3. Two patients had issues with preoperative pain control and were taking chronic narcotic medication prior to surgery.

4. "Outpatient SA in an ambulatory surgery center is safe with high patient satisfaction and low rates of perioperative complications. Although larger cohorts are required to adequately determine which patients will be appropriate candidates for an outpatient SA, our findings do suggest that patients with a history of preoperative narcotic use may have difficulties or dissatisfaction with outpatient SA," the researchers concluded.

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