Shoulder – Capsular Shift

A Capsular Shift procedure is performed to correct shoulder instability that causes dislocation or subluxation of the shoulder joint.

The shoulder joint capsule is the ligament that surrounds the shoulder joint. It stabilizes the shoulder by keeping the head or ball of the upper arm bone centered in the glenoid socket in your shoulder blade. The capsule can be loosened or torn from a light or severe trauma or as part of an overuse injury. Once the ligaments in the joint capsule become loose, dislocation frequently recurs. This condition is often referred to as shoulder instability. Signs of a capsular injury include lingering pain in the shoulder, upper arm and/or shoulder.

A Capsular Shift  procedure is performed to tighten the joint capsule.

As is illustrated in the video below, the surgery is typically performed with a minimally invasive technique known as arthroscopy.

A patient’s surgery may vary depending on the individual’s condition.