Pre-Operative Information

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