What is Arthroscopic Capsular release?
Ligaments, tendons and bones make up the shoulder joint and are encased in a capsule of soft tissue. Prior shoulder trauma, adhesive capsulitis and other shoulder conditions can cause inflammation within the shoulder capsule which leads to adhesions and thickening. This thickened and inflamed “scar-like” tissue creates loss of shoulder motion restricting arm movement. Arthroscopic Capsular release is minimally invasive surgery, done to specifically remove shoulder inflammation and to release the tight shoulder capsule. Done through small incisions in the shoulder, the orthopedic specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho use a small camera and small instruments to perform this specialized surgery called arthroscopic capsular release. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is minimally invasive surgery which allows for a quicker healing time with less pain, a lower risk of infection, as well as a lower risk of other complications.
What is manipulation under anesthesia?
Patients in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the surrounding communities of the Treasure Valley may wish to undergo a treatment for frozen shoulder called manipulation under anesthesia (MUA). During this specialized surgery, the shoulder is carefully moved through a specific range of motion, causing the shoulder capsule and inflamed scar-like tissue to stretch. This releases the tight capsule, increases the range of motion of the shoulder joint and improves shoulder pain. The procedure does not involve incisions, instead it involves freeing the shoulder by manipulation.
What happens after arthroscopic capsular release?
Following capsular release surgery and manipulation under anesthesia, immediate rehabilitation is necessary to prevent shoulder stiffness and the recurrence of frozen shoulder. The shoulder specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho will oversee physical therapy, provide you with specific exercises and monitor your recovery to optimize your return of shoulder comfort and function. The goal is to reduce shoulder pain and to restore full range of motion of the shoulder joint. Full range of motion may be achieved in 6 weeks following an arthroscopic capsular release and manipulation under anesthesia depending on the severity of the original condition.
For more information on arthroscopic capsular release for stiff shoulder, or for frozen shoulder, please contact the office of The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho, serving Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the surrounding communities of the Treasure Valley.