Arthroscopic Capsular Release is performed for frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) which does not settle with conservative treatment. In this surgery, via 2-3 puncture holes, a radiofrequency device is used to cut through the thick and contracted shoulder capsule which gives an immediate improvement in shoulder movements. As the inflammation is cleared, pain comes down as well. The puncture holes are then closed with 1 stitch each and the arm placed in a sling. Patients are discharged home the same day or the next morning. Aggressive exercises are started. Sling is discontinued in a few days. Stitches are removed at 2 weeks post surgery. Exercises are a must for at least 3 months to maintain pain-free full movements.
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