Shoulder arthroscopy: Basic principles of positioning, anesthesia, and portal anatomy

E. Scott Paxton, Jonathan Backus, Jay Keener, Robert H. Brophy

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Advances in modern arthroscopy have contributed significantly to greater flexibility and efficacy in addressing shoulder pathology. Advantages of arthroscopy include less invasive approaches, improved visualization, decreased risk of many postoperative complications, and faster recovery. As a result, arthroscopy is often preferred by both orthopaedic surgeons and patients. Common shoulder conditions that can be managed arthroscopically include rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, and labral pathology. A thorough understanding of anatomic principles in conjunction with proper patient positioning and portal selection and placement are essential for successful arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-342
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013


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