Dr. Tehrany, a top NYC Orthopedic Surgeon explains this minimally-invasive surgery

What is Arthroscopic Capsular Release?

Arthroscopic capsular release is a minimally-invasive surgery used to help relieve pain and loss of mobility in the shoulder from adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). A radiofrequency (RF) probe is inserted into the shoulder. The probe uses RF waves to cut the tissue capsule that surrounds the shoulder joint, allowing the shoulder to move more freely.

Manhattan Orthopedic Care’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Armin Tehrany explains the arthroscopic capsular release procedure. A number of Staten Island patients who struggle with capsulitis benefit from Dr. Tehrany’s arthroscopic capsular release procedure.

The 4 Step Process

1. Preparation for the arthroscopic shoulder surgery

The patient is positioned so that the back of the shoulder is clearly visible to the surgeon and the area is cleaned and sterilized. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the injection site and a sedative is provided to relax the patient. General anesthesia is sometimes be used.

2. Accessing the shoulder

The surgeon creates three small incisions on the shoulder and inserts the arthroscopic camera and RF probe. The camera allows the surgeon to view the shoulder surgery on a monitor.

3. Freeing the shoulder

Once the shoulder has been evaluated, the surgeon uses the RF probe to cut the capsule tissue surrounding the shoulder joint. The radiofrequency waves cauterize the tissue as they cut, so there is minimal bleeding in the joint.

4. End of the procedure

The incisions from the arthroscopic capsular release are closed with sutures or surgical staples and the shoulder is bandaged. Patients are given pain relievers and can leave the hospital on the same day. Physical therapy will be required to help restore the full range of motion to the shoulder after one to two weeks.

Benefits of Capsular Release Surgery

The procedure, also known as the keyhole procedure, is minimally-invasive since it is arthroscopic and significantly reduces the risk of infection due to the small incisions made. It also reduces shoulder pain and improves movement for an improved quality of life.

Recovery from Capsular Release Surgery

You may need to wear a splint for a short period of time after your surgery. The goal, however, is to get the shoulder joint moving as soon as possible with the help of physiotherapy. This helps prevent scar tissue from building up. The recommended physical exercises will assist with rebuilding strength and improving the full range of motion in the shoulder post-surgery.

Consult Manhattan Orthopedic Care for Improved Shoulder Mobility

Dr. Tehrany is board-certified and a top NYC orthopedic surgeon who specializes in conditions affecting the shoulder. His surgical treatment plan emphasizes the best approach for minimal discomfort while delivering improved movement. If you’re ready to put an end to your shoulder pain, call us today. At Manhattan Orthopedic Care, we’ll work with you to find the best treatment plan for your needs. You can book an appointment with his Manhattan or Staten Island office online or call them at (212-729-9200).