shoulder capsule releaseThough the shoulder joint is usually prone to instability, abnormal rigidity of the joint can also occur. Strong connective tissue within the shoulder joint, called the shoulder capsule, surrounds the ball-and-socket junction and provides flexibility to the shoulder. Thickening of the shoulder capsule can severely limit the range-of-motion of the joint, causing a condition known as frozen shoulder. Shoulder capsular release is a minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery used to free tightened connective tissue and loosen the shoulder joint.

The team of specialists at the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles is committed to providing comprehensive care for chronic shoulder conditions. Our orthopedic surgeons are experts in arthroscopic surgery and possess vast experience in using minimally invasive shoulder capsular release surgery to treat frozen shoulder. If you are interested in learning more about frozen shoulder surgery, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation by calling (888) 847-0357.

What Is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is a condition in which the connective shoulder capsule tissue of the joint becomes thickened and impedes motion of the shoulder. A reduction in lubricating synovial fluid in the joint often accompanies tissue thickening. Frozen shoulder occurs in approximately 2% of the population and most commonly affects people between the ages of 40 and 60. Certain shoulder injuries, such as fractures, can also cause frozen shoulder.

As stiff bands of tissue continue to develop across the shoulder capsule, patients find it more and more difficult to move their shoulders. Further, pain or dull aching often occurs in the outer shoulder and upper arm.

Frozen shoulder may initially be managed conservatively through physical therapy and steroid injections. For patients with mild symptoms, specific exercises can help restore mobility to the shoulder. However, it is not uncommon for patients to undergo surgery for more complete relief of their frozen shoulder condition.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Capsular Release

The goal of shoulder capsular release surgery is to stretch and release the stiffened joint capsule that has formed. At the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, shoulder capsular release is performed arthroscopically. This minimally invasive shoulder procedure utilizes tiny incisions and precise fiber-optic instruments to reduce pain and decrease the risk of complications.

During the shoulder capsular release procedure, one of our expertly trained orthopedic surgeons makes two small incisions on either side of the shoulder. A camera-equipped arthroscope is fed through one incision while a special radiofrequency thermal probe is inserted into the other. The arthroscope provides live video-feed from within the joint. The radiofrequency thermal probe is used to cut and remove abnormal or scarred capsule tissue and ligaments, thereby freeing the joint. Any debris within the capsule that could cause irritation is removed to provide more space within the joint. Arthroscopic shoulder capsular release is performed on an outpatient basis.

Recovery from Shoulder Capsular Release

Shoulder arthroscopy is safer and more effective than traditional open shoulder surgery. Since the internal anatomy of the shoulder joint is preserved during shoulder capsular release, patients  experience only mild pain and swelling in the shoulder after surgery. Most patients can return to work as soon as one week after undergoing surgery, unless the work involves stress on the shoulder.

Physical therapy is an important component of recovery. Rehabilitation exercises build strength and flexibility in the shoulder joint and help to prevent a recurrence of frozen shoulder.

At the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence, our top priority is to provide exceptional results for our patients within a comfortable environment. Our orthopedic surgeons are experts in the use of arthroscopic shoulder capsular release surgery. When you schedule an appointment with us, our team of shoulder specialists will develop an individualized treatment and recovery plan to achieve the most effective long-term relief for your frozen shoulder symptoms.

Contact a Los Angeles Orthopedic Surgeon

The Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence offers renowned orthopedic surgeons specializing in the comprehensive treatment of shoulder injury and chronic shoulder joint conditions. If you have specific questions about frozen shoulder or shoulder capsular release surgery, you can contact our Los Angeles shoulder specialists by calling (888) 847-0357.

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