According to a study published online in the journal Arthroscopy, increased shoulder arthroscopy procedure time may be associated with increased likelihood of adverse short-term outcomes. 

Members of the research team conducted a retrospective, cohort study of 33,095 shoulder arthroscopy procedures, of which 7,027 (21.2 percent) were shorter than 45 minutes, 16,610 (50.2 percent) were between 45 and 90 minutes, and 9,458 (28.6 percent) were longer than 90 minutes. Compared to procedures of less than 45 minutes, they found increased risk of superficial surgical site infection (SSI) and overnight stay for procedures lasting between 45 and 90 minutes and for procedures of longer than 90 minutes. In addition, the research team notes that body mass index >30 kg/m2 was an independent predictor of both overnight hospital stay and superficial SSI, while age >60, female sex, American Society of Anesthesiologists class ≥3, and a history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were additional predictors of overnight hospital stay. Learn more...

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