Monday, March 21, 2011

The SST in tracking recovery of comfort and function after shoulder reconstruction, for example after a ream and run procedure.

One of the operations we offer to patients with shoulder arthritis is the ream and run procedure. We will discuss this operation more in subsequent posts, but in brief it is a method of shoulder joint replacement arthroplasty that avoids the potential risks associated with a plastic socket.
The chart above shows how the Simple Shoulder Test (SST) is used to document the recovery of patient self-assessed comfort and function after a ream and run procedure for shoulder arthritis. The data represent the average recovery from a consecutive series of over 100 patients with at least two years of post surgical follow-up. The vertical axis represents the total number of SST questions answered 'yes', while the horizontal axis represents the years after surgery. The dots show individual data points and the lines show the average (plus or minus one standard deviation) for all the patients.
Since, on average, patients having the ream and run live over 500 miles from our center, routine office visits are impractical for them.  Because patients mail or email their results to us, we have been able to keep close tabs on their recovery using the Simple Shoulder Test.

The full article was recently published in the JBJS and discussed in this post.
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