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Type: Journal article
Title: Arthroscopic subacromial decompression with a holmium : YAG laser: review of the literature
Author: Boult, M.
Wicks, M.
Watson, D.
MacDougal, G.
Shimmin, A.
Maddern, G.
Citation: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 2001; 71(3):172-177
Publisher: Blackwell Science Asia
Issue Date: 2001
ISSN: 1445-1433
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Maggi Boult, Malcolm Wicks, David I. Watson, Graeme Macdougal, Andrew Shimmin and Guy J. Maddern
Abstract: Background: The Australian Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures–Surgical (ASERNIP-S) undertook to systematically review the literature regarding arthroscopic subacromial decompression (ASD) using a holmium:YAG laser for patients with impingement syndrome, with respect to the safety and efficacy of the procedure. Methods: Studies on ASD with a holmium:YAG laser were identified using MEDLINE (1984 to July 2000), EMBASE (1974 to August 2000) and Current Contents (1993 to week 33 2000). A number of search terms were used: (laser and shoulder) and (surgery or arthroscop* or acromioplasty or orthopaed* or orthoped* or subacromial decompression or impingement syndrome). The Cochrane Library was searched from 1966 to issue 3 2000, using the search terms ‘shoulder and surgery’. Human studies were included for patients with impingement syndrome but without full-thickness rotator cuff tears or rheumatological disorders, and where shoulder pain had been experienced for more than 3 months. A surgeon and reviewer independently assessed the retrieved articles for their inclusion in the review. Results: Seven papers were identified that related to ASD with a holmium:YAG laser. None of the papers for review offered high-quality evidence. There were no properly designed randomized controlled studies. The highest level of evidence came from time series studies. No quantitative analysis could be undertaken for this review. Conclusions: Given the extremely low level of evidence available for this procedure it was recommended that further research be conducted to establish the safety and efficacy of the technique. This reinforces the conclusion reached in the Cochrane review of interventions for shoulder pain where insufficient evidence was found to either support or refute the efficacy of other interventions for shoulder pain.
Keywords: Arthroscopy; Endoscopic surgical techniques; Laser techniques; Review; Shoulder impingement syndrome
RMID: 0020011146
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.2001.02061.x
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