Adhesive Capsulitis -- Arthroscopic Surgery

Adhesive capsulitis is a tightening in the shoulder joint. It decreases the range of motion in the shoulder and causes pain. This condition is also known as frozen shoulder . It is caused by tightening of the soft tissue and formation of scar tissue. During this arthroscopic surgery, the doctor cuts and removes scar tissue around the shoulder. The goal of the procedure is to improve range-of-motion by breaking up scar tissue

  • Call Your Doctor


    After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infections, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision sites
    • Cough, trouble breathing, or chest pain
    • Severe nausea or vomiting
    • Pain becomes worse or swelling increases
    • Tingling or numbness that will not go away, especially in arms and hands

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition


    Adhesive capsulitis
    is a tightening in the shoulder joint. It decreases the range of motion in the shoulder and causes pain. This condition is also known as
    frozen shoulder
    . It is caused by tightening of the soft tissue and formation of scar tissue.

    During this arthroscopic surgery, the doctor cuts and removes scar tissue around the shoulder. The goal of the procedure is to improve range-of-motion by breaking up scar tissue

    Frozen Shoulder
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure


    This procedure is done to:

    • Relieve pain
    • Restore range of motion in the shoulder joint
    • Break up scar tissue

  • Possible Complications