S/P Anterior Capsulorarrhaphy Anterior ETAC

The principle of electrothermally-assisted capsulorrhpahy (ETAC) is to apply enough heat to "loose" capsuloligamentous tissue to cause shrinkage of collagen fibrils through unwinding of the collagen triple helix. Disruption of hydrogen bonds transforms the tissue into a denatured state. ETAC can be applied using one of two sources of heat: laser or radiofrequency. The thermal energy is applied arthroscopically to tissue at a temperature of 65 degrees C.
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  • Pain in the shoulder
  • Recurrent anterior shoulder dislocation
  • Weakness in the shoulder
  • Loss of ROM in the shoulder
  • Recurrent anterior shoulder dislocation
  • Period of immobilization in a pillow sling
  • Passive ROM, progress to active ROM
  • Posture program
  • Shoulder stabilization exercises
  • Upper extremity strengthening



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