Clinical outcome of arthrotomy after failed arthroscopy

Joseph E. Van Sickels, Jaroslav Dolezal

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Objective: The purpose of this article was to retrospectively examine patients who had undergone an arthrotomy after a previous arthroscopy had failed to relieve their symptoms. Study design: Nine patients who fulfilled these requirements and who were at least 6 months after their second surgery were retrospectively examined using a 16-item questionnaire and a craniomandibular index examination. They were asked to describe their perception of the frequency and intensity of temporomandibular joint, jaw, neck, and ear pain using visual analogy scales. Results: Five of the nine patients felt they were improved after the second surgery. The craniomandibular index examination did not prove to be a useful instrument in separating this group of patients. Visual analog scales showed clear differences between the two groups. Conclusion: Although a number of patients were helped by the second operation, these data suggest caution in offering this option to patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-145
Number of pages4
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • General Dentistry


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