What are contraindications to surgery for frozen shoulder syndrome (FSS) (adhesive capsulitis)?

Updated: Nov 12, 2020
  • Author: Jefferson R Roberts, MD; Chief Editor: S Ashfaq Hasan, MD  more...
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Contraindications to surgical intervention for recalcitrant frozen shoulder include the following:

  • Concomitant neurologic complaints or abnormalities originating from the cervical spine

  • An inadequate trial of conservative therapy (< 3 mo)

  • Ongoing infection of any type [28]

  • Isolated capsular release in the face of adhesive capsulitis and concomitant glenohumeral arthritis (in this situation, capsular release or lengthening should be performed in conjunction with total shoulder arthroplasty)

  • An ongoing oncologic process involving the affected shoulder

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