What is the efficacy of 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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Manipulation of frozen shoulders under general anesthesia is intended to rupture the contracted capsule, and in some studies it has been shown to accelerate healing. [64] This technique has been combined with other modalities, including local corticosteroid injection, hydrodistention, [65] and limited capsular release. [66] Significant complications have been reported, however, ranging from humeral shaft fractures to rotator cuff tears and transient brachial plexus injuries. [64]


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