Shoulder and Upper Extremity Research Group of Edmonton

The Shoulder and Upper Extremity Research Group of Edmonton (SURGE) is a multi-disciplinary group of upper extremity orthopaedic surgeons, fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians, shoulder rehabilitation professionals as well as a Research Director and a Research Coordinator.

Although this is a clinical research group, most group members are full-time clinicians with practices that focus on upper extremity pathology. These clinicians have joined with academic researchers to undertake clinically relevant research that will lead to change in patient care through application of evidence-based practice. Thus, our work is directly associated with delivery of clinical care.

SURGE's previous projects have included 3 large randomized clinical trials (RCT) as well as the creation of four web-based post-operative shoulder rehabilitation guidelines. Our work is based on both creation and dissemination of best shoulder practices for clinicians. Having all upper extremity surgeons as well as upper extremity rehabilitation professionals involved ensures timely dissemination and facilitates local uptake of study results.

Past and current research projects:

  • Early Mobilization Following Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Early Mobilization Following Mini-open Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Mini-open vs. All-Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Dissemination and Evaluation of Shoulder Guidelines
  • WCB Alberta Patient Education Booklet on Shoulder Injuries
Our research primarily focuses on:

• Upper extremity clinical evidence to support improved delivery of care
• Translation of clinical guidelines and best practices to stakeholders