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To present a new arthroscopic technique, the laser-assisted capsular shift (LACS), which decreases glenohumeral instability and reduces recovery time over traditional surgical procedures.
A student-athlete hyperabducted her right shoulder while diving for a ball during a volleyball match. She complained of pain, weakness, and inability to raise her arm above shoulder height in any plane.
Capsular sprain, subluxation, rotator cuff strain, glenoid labral lesion.
The student-athlete was unable to play due to pain and dysfunction and so elected to have the LACS procedure performed.
The LACS procedure is a relatively new procedure for tightening the capsule and decreasing glenohumeral instability. Immobilization and recovery time are reduced when compared with traditional treatment methods.
The LACS procedure appears to be a good alternative to some of the traditional methods used to treat glenohumeral instability.