A wide and versatile combined surgical approach to the shoulder

Ofer Levy*, Moshe Pritsch, Ariel Oran, Arnan Greental

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Complex injuries and conditions of the shoulder may necessitate wide exposure during the operative procedure. The commonly used approach today is a wide anterior deltopectoral approach with extensive detachment of the deltoid muscle, leading to muscle damage, which may result in difficult postoperative rehabilitation and deteriorated function. We describe a simple combined approach that consists of a deltopectoral approach in conjunction with a subcutaneously performed lateral deltoid split with a single skin incision. We believe this surgical technique provides another useful tool to achieve wide and versatile exposure of the shoulder without jeopardizing the function of either the deltoid muscle or axillary nerve.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)658-659
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1999


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