A systematic review of arthroscopic subacromial decompression using the Holmium:YAG laser (update and reappraisal)

Babidge W, Boult M, Wicks M
Record ID 31999008604
Authors' objectives:

To assess the literature relating to the procedure arthroscopic subacromial decompression using the Holmium:YAG laser, and compare it to literature reviews of the gold standard arthroscopic subacromial decompression (ASD) for patients with impingement syndrome without full-thickness rotator cuff tears. Recommendations about the safety and efficacy of this new, minimally invasive shoulder surgery will then be made.

Authors' recomendations: This review found that the safety and/or efficacy of the procedure cannot be determined at the present time due to an incomplete and/or poor quality evidence-base. The procedure should only be used with caution and it is also recommended that further research be conducted to establish safety and/or efficacy.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2000
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Australia
MeSH Terms
  • Arthroscopy
  • Decompression, Surgical
  • Laser Therapy
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Joint
Organisation Name: Australian Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures-Surgical
Contact Address: ASERNIP-S PO Box 553, Stepney SA 5069 Australia Tel: +61 8 8363 7513; Fax: +61 8 8362 2077;
Contact Name: college.asernip@surgeons.org
Contact Email: college.asernip@surgeons.org
Copyright: Australian Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures - Surgical
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