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A 48-year-old member asked:

Is it common to get a fracture during shoulder manipulation under anesthesia?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 40 years experience
Shoulder MUA: Not common at all. Mua of the shoulder is quite straight forward.
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Dr. Ernesto Pretto jr.
Anesthesiology 45 years experience
Rare: A fracture during manipulation of the shoulder to treat dislocation is a known albeit infrequent complication of this procedure.
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Rare: The orthopedic surgeon doing the manipulation is trained to know the tolerances of the bones and joints they are working with. It is always possible with weak bones or tightly fused shoulders for this complication to occur, but the chances are small.
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Last updated Apr 24, 2015

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