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Complications in Shoulder Arthroscopy

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois 60611, USA.
Orthopedics (Impact Factor: 0.96). 07/2010; 33(7):492-7. DOI: 10.3928/01477447-20100526-15
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Shoulder arthroscopy is generally a safe and effective method for treating a wide variety of shoulder pathology. Fortunately, complications following shoulder arthroscopy are rare, with reported rates between 4.6% and 10.6%.¹⁻⁷ These rates may be underestimated, as underreporting of complications and varying definitions of the term complication are likely. During shoulder arthroscopy, complications may occur at numerous points. The surgeon must be aware of potential problems and take necessary measures to prevent them. This article describes common complications after arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Although failure of treatment and postoperative stiffness are undesirable outcomes, they are not described.

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