Shoulder Arthroscopy and Capsular Release
- You have been diagnosed with a frozen shoulder
- In this condition the lining of the shoulder joint (the capsule) has become thickened and scarred and is preventing movement of the shoulder
- You have agreed with Mr Griffiths that the next sensible step is a keyhole operation to treat this condition.
- This is called an Arthroscopic Capsular release
- This operation is usually performed as a Daycase with no need for an overnight stay.
- It is normally performed under general anaesthetic (with you asleep) and the anaesthetist may also block the nerves of the arm.
- The operation is performed though several small incisions around the shoulder and involves the surgical release of the tight shoulder capsule to allow the restoration of movement.
- This is usually followed by a gentle manipulation of the shoulder.
- The procedure takes 45-60 mins
- Wounds are usually closed with dissolvable stitches
- After the operation:
- You will see the physiotherapist prior to your discharge. They will show you how to release your arm from the sling and do specific exercises with the arm.
- It is important to keep the arm moving and painkillers should be taken to facilitate this
- You will have a follow-up appointment at 2 weeks
- The stitches will be trimmed prior to seeing Mr Griffiths
- You should expect significant recovery by 6 weeks but will continue to recover for 6 months
Return to Functional Activities
Driving Once ROM and muscular power restored & you feels safe
Swimming As pain allows
Golf 6 weeks
Racquet Sports 2-3 months
Lifting As able
Work Sedentary - As able
Manual - 6 weeks, may need to modify activity for 3 months