The scapula was fixed to the ribs in twelve patients who had
facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, in order to provide stability for
activities involving the upper limbs. The duration of follow-up ranged from
three to twenty-one years. Abduction, in 30 degrees of flexion, improved an
average of 60 degrees, and gains in strength for carrying and lifting were
reported by the patients. Complications included a brachial plexus palsy,
which resolved, and a frozen shoulder. All of the patients but one were
pleased with the result.