CHENNAI: The orthopaedic team at Apollo Hospital has used arthroscopy to treat a woman patient whose diabetic state had completely immobilised a shoulder.
The patient had been suffering acute pain in the “frozen shoulder” for over six months. The team led by knee replacement and arthroscopic surgeon C.Lenin performed a procedure called Arthroscopic Brachial Plexus Catheterization, a minimally invasive technique that avoided opening the joint.
Surgeons performed an arthroscopic capsular release (loosening up of tight capsules) before resorting to catheterization in the post-operative period.
Dr.Lenin said that the technique helped mobilise the patient’s shoulder much sooner than conventional procedures.
N.Sathyabhama, Director of Medical Services at the hospital said using arthroscopic catheterization had shown to be a patient-friendly and pain-free procedure.