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2021 Jan 27

Acta Anaesthesiol Scand

A combination of infraclavicular and suprascapular nerve blocks for total shoulder arthroplasty: a case series.



Shoulder arthroplasty is associated with significant postoperative pain. Interscalene plexus block is the gold standard for pain management in patients undergoing this surgery, however, alternatives are currently being developed. We hypothesized that a combination of anterior suprascapular nerve block and lateral sagittal infraclavicular block would provide effective postoperative analgesia. Primary aims for this study were to document numeric rating scale (NRS) pain score and use of oral morphine equivalents (OMEq) during the first 24 hours after surgery. Secondary aim was to determine the incidence of hemidiaphragmatic paralysis.