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Shoulder Arthroscopy For Frozen Shoulder 10 September, 2011

Dr Samir Pilankar
MS orth, MCh, DNB, MNAMS
Arthroscopy and Endoscopic spine surgeon
Fellowship training : France, Germany & Switzerland.
Consultation @ Sujay hospital 1 to 2 pm

Frozen shoulder is a common condition characterized by severe pain, restriction of movements and progressive wasting of the shoulder muscles.

It is commonly associated with Diabetes but may affect non- Diabetic patients also. The conventional management of frozen shoulder includes a long term physiotherapy and prolonged use of analgesics; the results of which is often not satisfactory. For resistant frozen shoulder cases, arthroscopic release is a very good option.

What is shoulder Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a procedure that allows an orthopedic surgeon to see and operate inside a joint using a device called an arthroscope. An arthroscope is a pen-shaped instrument with a very small video camera attached to the end. Lenses inside the arthroscope transmit an image that is projected onto a television screen. The image can be magnified as much as 30 times, giving the orthopedic surgeon an exceptionally clear view of the inside of a joint. From this view, the surgeon can then operate inside the joint using small instruments inserted through separate tiny incisions.

Arthroscopy in frozen shoulder
In frozen shoulder , arthroscopy involves anterior capsular release with radiofrquency probe. Subacromial decompression with shaver may also be done if warranted. Since the entire procedure is done through key hole incisions; the post operative pain is minimal, allowing early resumption of daily activities.

Dr. Samir Pilankar is also using arthroscopy to treat variety of shoulder conditions like Recurrent shoulder dislocation, rotator
cuff tear and impingement syndrome.


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