Regional anesthesia for scapulothoracic fixation surgery: Anatomic review and case series

Patrice A. Vinsard, Adam D. Niesen

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Scapulothoracic fixation surgery is a surgical intervention used for symptom relief in patients who suffer from scapular dysfunction. To date, there are few reports on the use of regional anesthesia for pain control in patients undergoing this procedure. The nerve supply of the scapula and surrounding tissues is complex and arises from both cervical and thoracic nerve roots. We suggest the use of a combined technique for perioperative pain control in patients undergoing scapulothoracic surgery. After a review of the relevant anatomy, we present four cases using combined regional techniques for postoperative pain control. The techniques utilized include thoracic paravertebral blocks with shoulder blockade, resulting in satisfactory pain control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)896-899
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Anatomy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2023
Externally publishedYes

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  • analgesia
  • nerve block
  • neuroanatomy
  • perioperative care

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Journal Article
  • Review


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