Capsulorrhaphy/Shoulder Instability


If you are showing signs of shoulder instability, you may need to see one of our orthopedic surgeons to undergo a capsulorrhaphy procedure. This innovative procedure is also known as thermal capsular shrinkage because it works by heating and shrinking the shoulder capsule to create a tighten the connective tissue around the joint. It is a less-invasive alternative to surgery and offers numerous benefits to the patient.

Reasons to Undergo Capsulorrhaphy in Las Vegas

If you have chronic shoulder instability where you have difficulty stretching and moving the shoulders or experience a feeling of looseness when performing certain activities, you may need immediate treatment to restore proper functioning of the shoulder joint. The thermal capsular shrinkage procedure has proven to be very effective for patients who have previously not had shoulder surgery.

Reasons to undergo this procedure include:

  • First type of shoulder dislocation
  • You are undergoing other shoulder repair procedures
  • Problem is not the result of a traumatic injury
  • Some looseness but the tissue is still attached to the bone

How Capsulorrhaphy is Performed

This procedure involves making two or three small incisions in the shoulder were we can insert thin arthroscopic instruments. We use a small camera to view the area throughout the procedure and will use a laser or radio frequency device to emit heat energy to the tissue which in turn causes the tissue to shrink or contract. A probe may be used to determine whether the tissue is changing in texture or color during the heating process. This procedure typically takes an hour or less, depending on the patient.

Capsulorrhpahy Recovery

Most patients are advised to wear a sling for 4 to 6 weeks after this procedure and refrain from turning or raising the treated arm. Keeping the shoulder in place is essential for ensuring proper healing of the tissue. Most patients can return to sports and other physical activities within 4 to 6 months.

Schedule your consultation for the capsulorrhpahy procedure in Las Vegas with one of our surgeons today.