The purpose of this study was to examine the surgical outcomes of 29 active patients (30 shoulders) with glenohumeral arthritis who were treated with the comprehensive arthroscopic management (CAM) procedure. Osteoarthritis (OA) of the glenohumeral joint is a common and disabling cause of shoulder pain and dysfunction – the joint space narrows, stiffness, and osteophyte formation occurs as result.

The CAM procedure involves the combination of glenohumeral chondroplasty; removal of loose bodies if present; humeral osteoplasty and osteophyte resection (goat’s beard deformity); anterior, posterior, and inferior capsular release; subacromial decompression; axillary nerve neurolysis; and biceps tenodesis. Using a variety of statistical measurements the study analyzed the effectiveness of the CAM procedure in reducing pain, improving shoulder function, and providing short-term durability for young, active patients with advanced OA.

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