Dr Heckroodt Laubscher

Specialist Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeon

Capsular Release (Frozen Shoulder)

This is usually the last resort for patients suffering from adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) that is severe, debilitating and of a chronic nature. Conservative measures should also be exhausted before having this surgery. These include extensive physiotherapy and pain management. During the arthroscopic procedure the adhered capsule is completely removed. Post operative physiotherapy is started early in hospital and should be regular after discharge.

Procedure duration:
60 minutes

Post operative rehabilitation:
The patient will be discharged with a shoulder sling, but the idea is to start using the shoulder as much and as soon as possible after surgery. Physiotherapy commences in hospital and should continue regularly post operative. The success of the surgery lies in the post operative rehabilitation.