Complications of shoulder arthroscopy.


Over the past 20 to 30 years, arthroscopic shoulder techniques have become increasingly popular. Although these techniques have several advantages over open surgery, surgical complications are no less prevalent or devastating than those associated with open techniques. Some of the complications associated with arthroscopic shoulder surgery include recurrent instability, soft-tissue injury, and neurapraxia. These complications can be minimized with thoughtful consideration of the surgical indications, careful patient selection and positioning, and a thorough knowledge of the shoulder anatomy. Deep infection following arthroscopic shoulder surgery is rare; however, the shoulder is particularly susceptible to Propionibacterium acnes infection, which is mildly virulent and has a benign presentation. The surgeon must maintain a high index of suspicion for this infection. Thromboemoblic complications associated with arthroscopic shoulder techniques are also rare, and studies have shown that pharmacologic prophylaxis has minimal efficacy in preventing these complications. Because high-quality studies on the subject are lacking, minimal evidence is available to suggest strategies for prevention.

DOI: 10.5435/JAAOS-22-07-410

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@article{Moen2014ComplicationsOS, title={Complications of shoulder arthroscopy.}, author={Todd C. Moen and Glen H Rudolph and Kyle J. Caswell and Christopher Espinoza and Wayne Zealous Burkhead and Sumant G. Krishnan}, journal={The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons}, year={2014}, volume={22 7}, pages={410-9} }