When is shoulder manipulation under anesthesia indicated?

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.
Talk to MD. 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.
Dislocated Shoulder. Anesthesia may be required to reposition a dislocated shoulder because there is some discomfort associated with the procedure, especially in children.

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Is shoulder manipulation under anesthesia effective?

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. Read more...
Depends. On the chiropractor or osteopath and their experience. The potential for injury is much greater when doing any kind of manipulation under anesthesia, so you need to have someone experienced. Read more...
Yes. This is a great way to manipulate the shoulder pain free and comfortably. However, it is important to know why the shoulder is being manipulated? What problem is present. Consult with your doctor. Read more...
Yes. 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. Read more...

How effective is shoulder manipulation under anesthesia?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Is it common to get a fracture during shoulder manipulation under anesthesia?

Rare. A fracture during manipulation of the shoulder to treat dislocation is a known albeit infrequent complication of this procedure. Read more...
Rare. The orthopedic surgeon doing the manipulation is trained to know the tolerances of the bones and joints they are working with. It is always possible with weak bones or tightly fused shoulders for this complication to occur, but the chances are small. Read more...

During a shoulder manipulation under anesthesia, can it dislocate? (had prior surgery for severe arthritis, trying to avoid replacement) thank you

Possible. But unusual. Trying to rotate and break up adhesions i suspect. Enhance mobility and range of motion for you. Read more...
Rare. Manipulation is done for frozen shoulder, not for arthritis. Will not help arthritis. Would be extremely unlikely to dislocate, and by the same token extremely unlikely to help you regain and maintain rom. Read more...
Theoretically yes. Once a patient is under general anesthesia they cannot tell a surgeon when the shoulder is reaching its tolerance. The surgeon should be able to tell by tension and knowledge of the surgery beforehand, but it is theorectically possible that they might discloate the shoulder during the procedure. The chance of this is very small, and the surgeon will try to relocate the shoulder before you wake. Read more...