Pressure Infusor Assisted Arthrocentesis

Oflioğlu S., Özyurt A., Efeoğlu C.

JOURNAL OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.999, no.999, pp.1-4, 2024 (SCI-Expanded)


Temporomandibular joint internal disorders commonly present with limited mouth opening and pain. Treatment options range from invasive surgical procedures to minimally invasive interventions. This technical note aims to introduce a modification to the arthrocentesis technique in which a pressure infusion cuff (VBM Classic Infusor, Medizintechnik GmbH, Germany) is used for irrigation instead of syringes or peristaltic pumps. A pressure infusion cuff (bag) is an inflatable bag with a hand pump and a sphygmomanometer that allows monitorization of the pressure, and it is intended to apply pressure on I.V. fluid bags to assist with rapid infusion of fluids. This allows the operator to maintain an efficient and stable flow pressure throughout the procedure while avoiding occupational hand and wrist problems resulting from manual irrigation with syringes. Furthermore, pressure monitoring, as read on the sphygmomanometer of the cuff, facilitates the manipulation of the needles and adjustment of the pressure should the patient experiences discomfort. This increases the patient’s compliance, physician’s comfort and allows the collection of quantitative data in clinical studies.