Decreasing the Risk of Cerebral Deoxygenation during Shoulder Surgery

Avoiding general anesthesia may reduce risk of ischemic neurologic injury

Maureen Leahy

Using regional anesthesia and sedation, rather than general anesthesia, for patients undergoing shoulder surgery in the beach-chair position reduces the risk of cerebral deoxygenation, according to study results presented by Jason L. Koh, MD, of the NorthShore University Health System, during the American Shoulder and Elbow (ASES) Specialty Day. This suggests that avoiding the use of general anesthesia may reduce the risk of ischemic neurologic injury in this patient population.

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