Scapular fixation is a surgical procedure performed under general anasthetic that stabilises the scapular (shoulder blade) by attaching it to the rib cage.
Why is it done?
One of the characteristic problems of FSH-MD is the ‘winged’ effect of the shoulder blades, caused by a weakness in the muscles that hold the scapular in place. As a result of this muscle weakness some people with FSH-MD can have significant loss of ability to raise their arm above their shoulder which can cause problems when eating, drinking, lifting, reaching etc.
Surgery to stabilise the scapular should improve functional ability of the shoulders, however movement in some directions will be restricted.
Is it always a success?
Unfortunately no. Deciding on the surgery is not an easy decision, not everyone who have had surgery are pleased with the result. Some people who have had both shoulders operated on can be pleased with the result of one shoulder but not the other.