How is anesthesia administered in shoulder arthrocentesis?

Updated: Dec 10, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Local anesthesia is recommended. (See Local Anesthetic Agents, Infiltrative Administration.) After skin preparation and identification of the needle insertion site, a 25-gauge needle is used to make a small skin wheal with local anesthetic into the subcutaneous tissue and then along the anticipated needle pathway.

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