High Rate of Satisfaction and Return to Play at 5-Year Follow-Up After Arthroscopic Superior-Labrum Anterior-Posterior Repairs

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      The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of patients 5 years postoperatively following arthroscopic SLAP repair, and to evaluate factors associated with satisfaction.


      A retrospective review of patients who underwent SLAP repair with a minimum of 5-year follow-up was performed. Recurrence, visual analog scale (VAS) score, Subjective Shoulder Value (SSV), American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons (ASES) score, satisfaction, whether they would undergo the same surgery again, and the rate, level and timing of return to play (RTP) were evaluated. Multilinear regression models were used to evaluate factors affecting postoperative satisfaction.


      Overall, 122 patients who underwent SLAP repair were included, with a mean age of 33.4 years. 81% were males, and 58.2% were participating in sport preoperatively. The mean follow-up was 86.4 ± 14.4 months. At final follow up, the mean satisfaction was 87.7%, and the mean SSV was 82.9. Overall, the rate of RTP was 85.9%, with 64.8% returning at the same level at a mean of 10.5 ± 8 months. Ultimately, 13 (10.7%) patients had a further surgery, including 10 (8.2%) patients that had a biceps tenodesis. VAS during sport (P = .025), SSV (P < .001), and time to RTP (P = .0056), were associated with higher satisfaction.


      There was a high rate of satisfaction at 5-year follow-up, with excellent patient-reported outcomes but with one-tenth of patients requiring revision surgeries. Additionally, while there was an overall high rate of RTP, there was only a modest rate of RTP at their preinjury level, and overhead athletes took longer to RTP.

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