Complications in Shoulder Arthroscopy

  • Benjamin S. Shaffer
  • James E. Tibone


Complications following shoulder arthroscopy are relatively uncommon. In 1986 Small first reported 40 complications in a review of over 14,000 procedures, for an overall complication rate of 0.28%.1 In 1988 he noted a slightly higher rate among experienced arthroscopists, 0.78% of 1184 cases reviewed.2 Most complications were due to staple use, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and hemarthrosis. Subsequent studies have suggested the complication rate is probably higher. Berjano et al. in 1998 reporting an incidence of 10.6% in their 179 cases.3 Complications can be generally divided into those that occur during any shoulder arthroscopy and those that are are procedure specific. This chapter reviews complications of shoulder arthroscopy, with emphasis on how to avoid them.


Shoulder Instability Suprascapular Nerve Shoulder Arthroscopy Glenohumeral Ligament Arthroscopic Repair 
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  • Benjamin S. Shaffer
  • James E. Tibone

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