By: Jason Neufeld
Smoking: Bad for Your Health & Healing
A British study conducted at the University of Lincoln, published in March 2014, shows that the quality of healing bone cells in smokers are inferior (divide slower) when compared to those same cells in non-smokers. Diminished cellular activity means a slower healing process.
Rotator Cuff Injuries: If you need arthroscopic rotator-cuff surgery…once may be enough.
The Orthopaedic Research Institute in Australia presented a study at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine conference in March 2014 that seems to indicate that the long-term outcomes of second / revision rotator cuff surgeries are likely to do very little long-term good for the patient. The results showed significant short-term (six months after surgery) functional improvement which all but evaporated by the two-year-post-surgery mark.
However, it should be noted, that the long-term results after the first arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery were substantial. It seems that the shoulder will reach a maximum medical improvement status post first surgery and return to that baseline even after a subsequent reparative shoulder surgical procedure. The lead scientist noted that this study substantiated the need for additional studies to identify ways to improve the long-term results of second or revision rotator-cuff surgeries.