Adhesive Capsulitis -- Closed Manipulation
(Frozen Shoulder—Closed Manipulation)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Nerve injury
- Damage to soft tissue
- Instability or stiffness in joint
- Reaction to anesthesia used
- Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
- Previous shoulder surgery
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Arrange for a ride to and from the hospital. Also arrange for help at home after the procedure.
- The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
- General anesthesia —You will be asleep during the surgery.
- Local anesthesia (less common)—The shoulder area will be numbed.
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incisions
Call Your Doctor
- Cough, trouble breathing, or chest pain
- Severe nausea or vomiting
- Pain becomes worse or swelling increases
- Tingling or numbness that will not go away, especially in arms and hands
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.aaos.org/
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.aossm.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org/
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org/
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- Reviewer: John C. Keel, MD
- Review Date: 12/2012 -
- Update Date: 01/24/2014 -
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