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J Athl Train. 1999 Oct-Dec; 34(4): 386–389.
PMCID: PMC1323353

The Laser-Assisted Capsular Shift Procedure on an Intercollegiate Volleyball Player: A Case Report

Sally A. Perkins, MSEd, ATC/L and John E. Massie, MA, ATC/L



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.

Differential Diagnosis:

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.

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