Minimally Invasive

Only a tiny needle puncture in the skin is needed

Faster Recovery

Recovery is typically just a couple of days

Fewer Risks

Compared to Anti-Inflammatories & Physical Therapy

Frozen Shoulder Embolization Treatment

Discover why patients are choosing this effective alternative to anti-inflammatories and physical therapy for treating frozen shoulder.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a frozen shoulder, you may have been told that anti-inflammatories and physical therapy are your only treatment options. However, did you know that adhesive capsulitis embolization, a non-surgical, outpatient treatment, is being used to successfully relieve the pain caused by frozen shoulder?

What is Interventional Radiology?

What is Adhesive Capsulitis Embolization?

Adhesive capsulitis embolization is an interventional radiology treatment for frozen shoulder that offers highly effective and long-lasting relief of the pain and stiffness caused by this chronic joint disease. Much of the pain experienced in frozen shoulder comes from abnormal blood vessels that form in the lining of the joint. Embolization works by blocking these abnormal blood vessels, causing inflammation to subside.

The procedure is performed by interventional radiologists – doctors specially trained to do minimally invasive vascular procedures, such as angioplasty and embolization, to treat a variety of conditions.

During adhesive capsulitis embolization, a doctor positions a catheter through a small needle puncture in the arm and into the blood vessels that supply the joint using x-ray guidance. Once positioned, tiny microsphere particles are slowly released to slow the blood supply to the joint.

Long-Lasting Results. Greater Comfort.

Patients usually experience dramatic pain relief within a few days after this procedure. Recovery from embolization is fast because there is no incision to heal or stitches to be removed. The risk of bleeding and complications is lower than with invasive surgery.

Patients who undergo embolization have reported significant reductions in pain scores and use of pain medications, and significant increases in function scores. These improvements were sustained indefinitely from just one treatment. Minor side effects include soreness and bruising at the puncture site. Most of these side effects resolve on their own in a few days.

Why Choose Advantage IR?

Advantage IR is at the forefront of the latest Interventional Radiology procedures that provide an effective alternative to surgery with minimal recovery time. From our doctors to our clinical staff, you will receive the quality care you deserve in a safe and comfortable environment.

Advantage IR uses state of the art equipment to provide the best in patient outcomes and care. All of our interventional radiologists are board-certified and have extensive experience and success using these minimally invasive techniques to treat patients with a variety of disorders.

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