Steroid Shots Should Not Be Taken A Month Before Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator cuff injury is a very common injury between athletes and people who work out.  The best way to treat the injury, depending on its extremity, is the through a simple surgery that takes place at the rotator cuff. Steroids shots that have been previously taken by the patient can actually affect the surgery negatively.

According to a study conducted by a team of researchers from the Rush University Medical Center, taken a steroid shot a month before a rotator cuff surgery will increase the risk of getting an infection. Previous studies show that steroids will not give any affect to the surgery, yet the recent results reveal that a month before the surgery steroids shot are better left unused.

The results of the study were published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The study was led by a doctor at the Rush University Medical Center, Chicago called Brian Forsythe. He commented on the results obtained saying, “Infection following arthroscopic rotator cuff repair occurred at a 65 percent to 75 percent greater rate when patients received a shoulder injection within one month of the surgical procedure.”

The results did not show any negative results of steroids shots taken more than a month prior to the surgery. This is important as this surgery is essential for over 60,000 patients annually. According to the study results of patients who take steroids more than a year before the surgery show very low and equal rates of infection compared to patients who don’t use steroids. While on the other hand, taking steroids before the surgery showed an increase in the overall rate of infection.