Elderly may benefit from arthroscopic shoulder surgery

September 8, 2010 2:48:30 PM PDT
Rush University Medical Center researchers in Chicago say the elderly may benefit from minimally invasive shoulder surgery.

Arthroscopic surgery is used to repair different kinds of muscles including torn shoulder muscles. This new study finds, in elderly people, it can reduce pain and improve function.

But many doctors are reluctant to perform this type of surgery in older patients because of fears of complications.

Rush doctors found significant pain reduction was reported by 96 percent of patients and there were major improvements in shoulder function, range of arm motion and muscle strength.

It is estimated about 20 percent of people older than 65 suffer tears in the rotator cuff.