“Surgeries performed in the outpatient setting are typically found to be safer, more convenient and less stressful for patients and their families,” says Dr. Burkhart.
Other benefits of outpatient rotator cuff surgery include:
- Patients return home the same day as surgery, compared to several days in the hospital with an inpatient procedure
- Easier access when checking-in and checking-out at an outpatient center when compared to a typical hospital
- Decreased risk of infection
- Recovery starts at home, often leading to increased comfort and a reduced period of time required to fully heal
“My wife and I came to the center, the team greeted me, they told me what I was going to be up against,” says Ronald. “(The surgery lasted) 45 minutes. (Then) you’re out, you’re done. It’s amazing.”
Americans in general are living longer, healthier and more active lifestyles than ever before. As individuals get older, their risk of musculoskeletal problems, including rotator cuff injuries, increases. Some studies have shown that rotator cuff tears may be as high as fifty percent in people aged sixty-five and older.