Recent Trends in Concomitant Distal Clavicle Excision During Rotator Cuff Repair


The purpose of this study is to evaluate trends in distal clavicle excision (DCE) in association with arthroscopic rotator cuff repair (RCR) from 2010 to 2019. The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database was queried to identify all patients who underwent arthroscopic RCR from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2019, and was further subdivided into procedure type: (1) isolated RCR; and (2) RCR with arthroscopic or open DCE. The proportion of each surgery type, by year and within groups, was calculated. The Cochran-Armitage test for trend was used to analyze yearly proportions of RCR with concomitant DCE. In a sample size of 19,163 patients, the proportion of RCR with DCE decreased from 51.2% to 40.8% (r = −0.830; p = 0.003). Although the results of this study suggest that surgeons are performing fewer DCEs in the setting of RCR, many DCEs are still being done. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 33(2):077-079, 2024)

Key words: rotator cuff repair, distal clavicle excision, trends

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Matthew J. Partan, DO; John M. Tarazi, MD; Peter B. White, DO, MS; Cesar Iturriaga, DO; and Randy M. Cohn, MD