Does age at surgery influence short-term outcomes and readmissions following anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty?

Christopher A. White, Akiro Duey, Bashar Zaidat, Troy Li, Addison Quinones, Samuel K. Cho, Jun S. Kim, Paul J. Cagle

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Background: Increasing age has been associated with adverse outcomes in various orthopedic procedures including anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty (aTSA). Moreover, both indications and the ages at which the procedure is done has expanded. For these reasons, it is important to characterize the impact age has on complication and readmission rates following shoulder replacement. Methods: The National Readmissions Database was used to identify patients who underwent aTSA between the years 2016–2018. Patients were stratified into five cohorts based on age at surgery: 18–49, 50–59, 60–69, 70–79, and 80+ years old. We analyzed and compared data related to patient demographics, length of stay, readmission and complication rates, and healthcare charges. A multivariate analysis was used to identify the independent impact of age on complication rates. Results: 42,505 patients were included with 1,541, 6,552, 16,364, 14,694, 3,354, patients in the 18–49, 50–59, 60–69, 70–79, and 80+ years old cohorts respectively. Length of stay had a stepwise increase with age increases (p < 0.001), however total charges were comparable between cohorts (p = 0.40). Older patients were more likely to experience intraoperative complications, pulmonary embolism complications, and postoperative infection, but were less likely to experience hardware, surgical site, and prosthetic joint complications. Older patients had higher rates of readmission. Age was an independent predictor for higher 30-/90-day readmission, postoperative/intraoperative complication, and respiratory complication rates. Increasing age provided a protective measure for prosthetic complications surgical site infection. Conclusion: This study identified multiple differences in complication rates following aTSA based on age at surgery. Overall, age had varying effects on intraoperative and postoperative complication rates at short-term follow-up. However, increasing age was associated with longer lengths of stay and increased readmission rates. Surgeons should be aware of the identified complications that are most prevalent in each age group and use this information to avoid adverse outcomes following shoulder replacement surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Orthopaedics
StatePublished - Mar 2023


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