Turbulence control as a factor in improving visualization during subacromial shoulder arthroscopy

Stephen S. Burkhart, Steven M. Danaceau, Kyriacos A. Athanasiou

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Abstract

Bleeding in the subacromial space is an annoying but ever-present impediment to visualization during arthroscopic subacromial procedures. Direct (thermal electrocautery) and indirect (hypotensive anesthesia, arthroscopic pump) means of bleeding control have been used with varying degrees of success. However, the simplest technique of all has been ignored until now. Application of Bernoulli's Principle to achieve turbulence control by means of digital pressure over a leaking portal can quickly and easily enhance visualization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-223
Number of pages5
JournalArthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bleeding
  • Hemostasis
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Technique
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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