Arthroscopic thermal capsulorrhaphy as treatment for the unstable paralytic shoulder

Eric J. Strauss, Stephen Fealy, Michael S Khazzam, Joshua S. Dines, Edward V. Craig

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Patients who present with global capsular laxity and glenohumeral instability frequently can be treated successfully with shoulder girdle musculature strengthening exercises and activity modification. When such injury is caused by a paralytic shoulder, a rehabilitation program may not be a viable treatment option. Presented in this article are 3 patients with global capsular laxity and glenohumeral instability as a result of shoulder paralysis. We also describe an arthroscopic technique of thermal capsulorrhaphy. In our experience, arthroscopic thermal capsulorrhaphy used to treat global capsular laxity and glenohumeral instability resulting from a paralytic shoulder has decreased symptoms of shoulder instability and has significantly reduced shoulder pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005



  • Capsular laxity
  • Glenohumeral instability
  • Thermal capsulorrhaphy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

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