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2018 Dec

Orthop J Sports Med



Suprascapular Nerve Blockade for Postoperative Pain Control After Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.


Kay J, Memon M, Hu T, Simunovic N, Duong A, Paul J, Athwal G, Ayeni OR
Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 Dec; 6(12):2325967118815859.
PMID: 30627589.


Regional nerve blocks are commonly used to manage postoperative pain after arthroscopic shoulder procedures. The interscalene brachial plexus block (ISB) is commonly used; however, because of the reported side effects of ISB, the use of a suprascapular nerve block (SSNB) has been described as an alternative strategy with fewer reported side effects.