A recent study examined return-to-play rates and performance outcomes after different orthopaedic procedures in National Basketball Association (NBA) players. The study aimed to determine which surgeries are associated with the worst postoperative change in performance.
The return to play rates were highest in patients with hand/wrist fractures (98.1%) and lowest for those with Achilles tears (70.8%). Interestingly, age 30 and older and body mass index ≥27 kg/m2 were predictors of not returning to play. Players undergoing Achilles tendon repair and arthroscopic knee surgery had a significantly greater drop in postoperative performance outcomes at the 1- and 3-year time points and had shorter career lengths compared with the other procedures.
Source: American Journal of Sports Medicine, Published online January 22, 2016