Arthroscopic Capsular Release for Frozen Shoulder

Arthroscopic capsular release is a minimal-invasive shoulder surgery that cuts through the scar tissue to allow your joint to move freely.


An arthroscopic capsular release should help you to move your shoulder more easily.

Risks common to surgery with general anesthesia include breathing and heart problems, blood clots, and reaction to anesthesia. Risks and complications specific to capsular release include re-stiffening of the shoulder, infection, and nerve damage.

The success of the procedure depends on a number of factors and post-procedure care. Please discuss the likelihood of success with your doctor before the procedure.


What if the procedure is not performed?

Frozen shoulder does not improve on its own; instead, the symptoms worsen until you are unable to move the shoulder at all.

Frozen shoulder is first treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), application of heat to the shoulder, and stretching. Ice and medication, including corticosteroid injections, may also be used. Physical therapy can help increase range of motion. If these don’t alleviate your condition, surgery may be necessary. One method is called manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) and involves you being to put sleep and your arm moved into positions that stretch the tight tissue.

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