Thursday, August 15, 2013

What are the health risks of a total shoulder: mortality, morbidity?

The American College of Surgeons has developed a web-based system for estimating the risk of surgery. You can access it here.

Recalling the 4 Ps that we've discussed before (the problem, the patient, the procedure, and the physician performing the procedure), this is a system for estimating the effects on morbidity and mortality after surgery based in the second and third "P"s.

Below are screen shots for a healthy male having a total shoulder.

It is very insightful to see how the estimated risks change when the overall health is compromised.

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