A group of researchers from Boston asked the question, “Do women have better outcomes than men when it comes to total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA)?” Their research, recently published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, says “no.” However, they do have different expectations of the surgery.
The study, conducted by researchers from The New England Baptist Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, involved 63 patients (36 men and 27 women) who underwent TSA and were then followed for a minimum of three years.
Andrew Jawa, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with New England Baptist Hospital and a co-author on the study, told OTW, “Anecdotally, we observed that women seemed to have better outcomes than men. We wanted to test this hypothesis with a scientific study and to see if there was any relationship to differences in preoperative expectations.”

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