Treatment: Shoulder Arthrolysis

Shoulder arthrolysis is a procedure used to help regain the normal range of movement for your shoulder.

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Why you might need?

You may have been told that you have a frozen shoulder. This is a painful condition which results in a severe loss of motion in the shoulder because of scarring and fibrosis of the joint capsule (the deepest layer of covering of the joint). It may follow an injury to the shoulder, but usually it arises spontaneously. Your doctor may have tried to resolve this problem using physiotherapy and special injections. If this fails to work and your shoulder remains painful and stiff your doctor may advise an operation to remove the scar tissue.

Treatment Info

The aim of the operation for this condition is to regain the normal (or at least a functional) range of movement for your shoulder. The operation may just involve you being anaesthetised and the surgeon manipulating the shoulder to break down the scarred tissue. However they may have to insert a camera into the shoulder (arthroscopy) to release and remove the scarred tissue directly. After the operation it is important that you start moving the shoulder early with the help of the physiotherapists to try and retain the improvement in range of movement. There are no restrictions on movement unless you are told otherwise.

Once the anaesthetic has worn off you will be free to go home. You will be advised to commence physiotherapy immediately and you may need to come back for a follow-up. Your Consultant will speak to you before you leave.

Treatment Preparation

If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop as it delays healing and increases risk of getting a chest or wound infection. The procedure will be done under general anaesthetic and you will been given instruction as to when you should stop eating prior to the surgery. We will make sure that you feel completely at ease, and give you every opportunity to ask as many questions as you would like to your surgeon.

Treatment Risks

Like other all surgical procedures, the general risks are the same. Risks specifically related to this surgery include:

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Fracture
  • Damage to surrounding nerves or blood vessels

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