Shoulder Surgery Outcomes Report 2012
Michael Codsi, MD
Evergreen Orthopedic and Sports
Delivering high quality care is our first priority at the Evergreen Orthopedic and Sports Department, and measuring surgery outcomes is essential to achieve our goal. The benefit of having outcomes data is that is allows us to know how well we are doing compared to our peers in the area and around the country. We can also use the data to make improvements in our surgical care, so our patients can be confident that they are receiving world class care.
This report includes outcome data from all of my shoulder surgeries that I performed for an entire year. I give patients a questionnaire before surgery and one year after their surgery. The questionnaire asks patients to rate their pain at rest, during normal activity, and during strenuous activity. It also asks their level of satisfaction with their shoulder on a scale of 0-10. Finally, patients answer twenty questions about their function from tucking in their shirt, to lifting a gallon of milk and throwing a ball overhead. The benefit of using this system is that all the data comes directly from the patient, so surgeon bias is minimized.
The majority of the surgeries I perform involve the rotator cuff tendons, which can be attributed to our active patient population and the high number or workers who depend on their shoulders to make a living. Shoulder instability, fractures, frozen shoulder and shoulder arthritis are also common problems that I treat with surgery when non-operative treatments fail.
I hope you find that this outcomes report is helpful for your patients. If you have any suggestions for future outcomes reporting, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Outcomes from all shoulder surgeries
Patients are asked about the pain on a scale of 0-10 at rest, during normal activity and vigorous activity.
The function score is made from 20 questions. Patients answer each question on a scale of 0-3. Patients who can do all functions normally get a score of 60.