Shoulder Stiffness ("Frozen Shoulder") Surgery
Surgery for a frozen shoulder can include one of the following procedures:
Manipulation under anesthesia
After you are "put asleep" for just a few minutes, the surgeon will forcefully move your shoulder to break up any adhesions (scar tissue) that is limiting your motion. Although this sounds somewhat pre-historic, manipulation is an excellent, and probably most common, way to get motion back after adhesive capsulitis sets in.
Arthroscopic release of adhesions
With the use of an arthroscope (a small "telescope" that is used to see inside your shoulder joint), your surgeon can cut through scar tissue.
Open release of adhesions
Using a larger incision in the front of your shoulder, the surgeon breaks apart and cuts through scar tissue. This is reserved for the most difficult of shoulder adhesive capsulitis problems.
Regardless what type of surgery you may need, the following will be very important:
Cryotherapy is extremely useful after any of the above surgeries to help to control your pain. It helps to control swelling and relieve pain. Our PolarCare Cub cryotherapy unit is just the help you need. You must have good pain control to do your exercises, which are equally important as the surgery itself.
You need to get your shoulder moving as soon as possible after surgery (under the discretion of your surgeon). Our Deluxe Shoulder Therapy Set makes it easy for you to do stretching and range-of-motion exercise on a daily basis at home. We can tell you from great experience that the more motion/exercise you do after surgery, the better your overall result will be.