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A 30-year-old member asked:

How effective is shoulder manipulation under anesthesia?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Kellems
Anesthesiology 17 years experience
Very effective: Anesthesia for any joint manipulation allows the surgeon to move the joint around much more because it will not be limited secondary to pain. More scar tissue can be broken up this way.
Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
So- so: The best current treatment for a frozen shoulder that fails conservative treatment is an arthroscopic capsular release. There is less risk of breaking your humerus from a manipulation.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Good: The anesthetic allows the surgeon to break up adhesions in your shoulder from scar tissue that you would not permit them to do while you are awake. In this way they can greatly improve range of motion.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is shoulder manipulation under anesthesia effective?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes : For patients with frozen shoulders who have failed all other treatments, manipulation under anesthesia with or without arthroscopy is effective in regaining shoulder motion. Must be done carefully because of the risk of fracturing the bone. Also immediate and sustained therapy is required to maintain the motion after the manipulation.
Dr. Edwin Perez
Dr. Edwin Perez commented
Anesthesiology 19 years experience
Disagree sadly. The outcomes for all treatments for frozen shoulder are not very good. Manipulation is a tool but not the answer
Dec 23, 2012
A 37-year-old member asked:

When is shoulder manipulation under anesthesia indicated?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Frozen shoulder: I have seen it done for a frozen shoulder. It allows the surgeon to break-up scar tissue in a controlled fashion without resistance by the patient.

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