Duration of Shoulder Surgery: Factors and Efficiency
Understanding Variability in Surgical Time
Patients frequently ask about the duration of shoulder surgery, especially concerning rotator cuff repairs. The time taken for such surgeries can vary significantly based on several factors.
Factors Influencing Surgical Time
- Type of Surgery: There are different types of shoulder surgeries, each with its own complexity and duration.
- Surgeon’s Experience: The surgeon’s skill and experience play a crucial role. According to a study in a shoulder journal, which analyzed 32,000 shoulder surgeries (specifically replacements, not rotator cuff repairs), the average duration was around two hours. This study also highlighted a correlation between longer surgical times and higher infection rates.
The Importance of Surgical Efficiency
In our practice, we focus on efficiency without compromising quality. Most surgeons might take around an hour and a half to two hours for rotator cuff repairs. However, in our practice, the duration is typically less than 30 minutes, regardless of the tear’s complexity.
Achieving Efficiency in Surgery
- Experience and Volume: Our practice handles over 700 shoulder surgeries a year, significantly more than the average surgeon.
- Skilled Team: Having a well-coordinated and skilled team of associates is crucial for efficient surgery.
- Advanced Technology and Techniques: We utilize state-of-the-art technology and innovative techniques to facilitate efficient and strong repairs.
Balancing Quality with Speed
The primary goal in our practice is always exceptional surgical outcomes. However, we also prioritize reducing surgery time to minimize risks associated with prolonged anesthesia and potential infections. Our approach is to achieve the best outcomes in the shortest possible time for the benefit of the patient.
Conclusion: Customized Approach for Each Patient
For most surgeons, shoulder surgeries may take around two hours, but in our specialized practice, we aim for roughly 30 minutes, always ensuring the highest quality and safety standards. It’s important for patients to discuss with their surgeons about the expected duration of their specific surgery and the surgeon’s experience in performing these procedures.
This blog post is based on a video transcript and has been edited for clarity and readability.