TechniquesArthroscopic Decompression of the Suprascapular Nerve: Surgical TechniqueGarcia, Jose Carlos Jr MDAuthor Information Sports Medicine Division, Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil Jose Carlos Garcia Jr is Stryker-Latin America/Bone surgical consultant. Reprints: Jose Carlos Garcia, Jr, MD, Sports Medicine Division of Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, Rua Indiana 670 Brooklin, Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 04562-001 (e-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]). Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery: December 2009 - Volume 10 - Issue 4 - p 157-159 doi: 10.1097/BTE.0b013e3181bbd49a Buy Metrics Abstract Suprascapular nerve compression at the transverse scapular notch is recognized as a cause for shoulder pain. Some investigators have developed open surgical techniques to release the compressed nerve, with good results, and arthroscopic techniques have also been described recently. We have developed an arthroscopic technique using different portals from other investigators. Our preliminary results reveal a change of the preoperative average UCLA from 10.4 to 19.8 in the 6-month postoperative period. The SF-36 114.6 and raw scale for pain was 74% in the 6-month postoperative period. Our preliminary results achieved satisfactory outcomes and can also be another option in terms of nerve compression treatment. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.