A 48-year-old member asked:
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is it common to get a fracture during shoulder manipulation under anesthesia?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
39 years experience Pain Management
Shoulder MUA: Not common at all. Mua of the shoulder is quite straight forward.
Answered on Jul 10, 2012
Dr. Ernesto Pretto jr.
44 years experience Anesthesiology
Rare: A fracture during manipulation of the shoulder to treat dislocation is a known albeit infrequent complication of this procedure.
Answered on Dec 7, 2012
Dr. Richard Pollard
30 years experience Anesthesiology
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.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015

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