Arthroscopic Treatment of the Arthritic Shoulder

  • Gregory S. Bauer
  • Theodore A. Blaine
  • Louis U. Bigliani


The value of shoulder arthroscopy in the treatment of glenohumeral arthritis has not been clearly defined. Ogilvie-Harris and Wiley reported the results of arthroscopic debridement for osteoarthritis in 54 patients in 1986.1 At 3 years follow-up, successful results were achieved in two-thirds of patients with mild disease, and in one-third of patients with severe degenerative disease. Somewhat earlier, Cofield had described the use of arthroscopy in eight men with glenohumeral arthritis.2 Although all patients were thought to have benefited from the procedure, four of the patients were scheduled for additional reconstructive procedures based on the arthroscopic findings. These mixed early results, combined with the success of shoulder arthroplasty for the treatment of arthritis, probably explain the paucity of reports on arthroscopic treatment of glenohumeral arthritis.


Rotator Cuff Shoulder Arthroplasty Glenohumeral Joint Loose Body Arthroscopic Treatment 
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  • Gregory S. Bauer
  • Theodore A. Blaine
  • Louis U. Bigliani

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