Sunday, January 22, 2012

Complications of Nerve Blocks for Shoulder Surgery

A recent article on brachial plexus blocks for upper extremity surgery provides substantial detail regarding these procedures including a somewhat brief section on complications.

While these procedures have their proponents, we have found that the problems and complications associated with brachial plexus blocks overshadow the possible advantages. This is especially the case for nerve dysfunction that may seriously compromise the comfort and function of the arm and may be chronic or event permanent.


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