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Adhesive Capsulitis—Arthroscopic Surgery
(Frozen Shoulder—Arthroscopic Surgery)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Relieve pain
- Restore range of motion in the shoulder joint
- Break up scar tissue
- Nerve injury
- Damage to soft tissue
- Instability or stiffness in joint
- Reaction to anesthesia used
- Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
- The use of certain medications
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners, such as clopidogrel or warfarin
- Arrange for a ride to and from the hospital. Also, arrange for help at home after the surgery.
- The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. If you have diabetes, you may need to adjust your medicines. Talk to your doctor about this.
- If told to do so by your doctor, on the day of the surgery, shower using a special antibacterial soap. Do not use deodorant.
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incisions
- Use a sling if told to do so by your doctor. You may not need to use one, because it can cause stiffness.
- Work with a physical therapist at home to focus on range-of-motion exercises .
Call Your Doctor
- 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
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.aaos.org/
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.aossm.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org/
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org/
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- Reviewer: John C. Keel, MD
- Review Date: 12/2012
- Update Date: 01/24/2014