Principal Investigator: Peter Chalmers
Keywords: Rotator cuff repair , surgery delay , COVID Department: Orthopedic Surgery Operations
IRB Number: 00131669 Co Investigator: Peter Chalmers
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
Sub Specialties: Shoulder and Elbow
Recruitment Status: Enrolling by invitation

Contact Information

Kristin Konery

Brief Summary

The purpose of this study is to compare the outcomes of patients who underwent delayed surgical treatment of rotator cuff tears (due to rescheduling of elective surgery as a COVID-19 prevention measure) as compared to the non-delayed surgical treatment of rotator cuff tears within the University of Utah. Our hypothesis was that a delay in surgical treatment would result in a clinically significant decrease in outcome after rotator cuff repair

Inclusion Criteria

1)    Delayed group: Patients who originally planned to undergo arthroscopic rotator cuff repair between March 16, 2020, and the end of the ban on elective surgery at the University of Utah, but whose RCR was delayed

2)    Non-delayed group: Patients who underwent arthroscopic rotator cuff repair once the ban on elective surgery at the University of Utah had been lifted for a minimum of six weeks (to allow time to work through the surgical back-log)


Exclusion Criteria

1)    Refusal to consent and return for follow-up
2)    Patients felt to be indicated for urgent or emergent surgical treatment
3)    Lack of complete pre-operative data
4)    Concomitant graft augmentation/interposition or tendon transfer

5)    Counterindications for MRI (cochlear implants, brain aneurysm clips, older placed stents, recently placed artificial joints, certain types of tattoos)