80 something year old male came for reverse total shoulder replacement. He had severe COPD as well as an EF 20% with CHF. He had been appropriately optimized. Preoperatively, we performed an anterior approach suprascapular block (10ml, 0.25% bupi) combined with an infraclavicular block (20ml, 0.25% bupi). In retrospect, we could have used 5ml for suprascapular block and 15ml for infraclavicular block.
Supraclavicular block versus interscalene brachial plexus block for shoulder surgery: A meta-analysis of clinical control trials. International Journal of Surgery, Volume 45, September 2017, Pages 85-91.
- Supraclavicular block could provide similar analgesic efficacy compared with interscalene block.
- Ultrasound-guided supraclavicular block was associated with a low incidence of hoarseness and Horner syndrome.
Interscalene versus supraclavicular plexus block for the prevention of postoperative pain after shoulder surgery: A systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Anaesthesiology 36(6):p 427-435, June 2019
Comparison of Anterior Suprascapular, Supraclavicular, and Interscalene Nerve Block Approaches for Major Outpatient Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery: A Randomized, Double-blind, Noninferiority Trial. Anesthesiology July 2018, Vol. 129, 47–57.
From Anesthesiology July 2018, Vol. 129, 47–57.
A Randomized Comparison Between Interscalene and Small-Volume Supraclavicular Blocks for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery. Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine 2018;43:590-595.
A combination of infraclavicular and suprascapular nerve blocks for total shoulder arthroplasty: A case series. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2021; 65: 674– 680.
Suprascapular nerve block is a clinically attractive alternative to interscalene nerve block during arthroscopic shoulder surgery: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research volume 16, Article number: 376 (2021).
Evolution of Anesthetic Techniques for Shoulder Surgery: A Narrative Review. Osteology 2022, 2(1), 52-61.
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