As the arthroscopic treatment of shoulder disorders continues to evolve, there are now multiple conditions of the shoulder that are easily treated by arthroscopic means with results comparable with open procedures. In addition, there are a number of shoulder procedures that are probably better addressed with arthroscopic management in terms of reliable return to function in a timely manner without disruption of the normal anatomic structures. However, as with any evolving field, arthroscopic shoulder surgery is not without its inherent complications. There are a number proportion of patients who present with continued pain, stiffness, or disability after a variety of shoulder procedures.
This issue of Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review is dedicated to providing a comprehensive overview of how to manage the patient with a potentially failed arthroscopic shoulder procedure. The contributors to each chapter are truly experts in their field and have provided valuable insight into the workup and eventual management of a failed arthroscopic shoulder procedure. Each chapter highlights not only the management of the failed shouldersurgery, but also provides valuable information on how to prevent the complication at the index procedure. In addition, common pearls and pitfalls are provided by the authors to provide a complete preoperative workup as well as a comprehensive surgical management plan for patients that present after a failed shoulder surgery.
We are deeply indebted to our expert contributors who have volunteered to provide the best medical evidence and tested outcomes for the care of the failed arthroscopic shoulder procedure. The goal of this issue is to provide important information about how to handle potential complications that come to your office. In addition, we hope that it will also serve to provide a framework to recognize and prevent possible complications at the index procedure.