Re: Shoulder Surgery Question..Please Help
The Frozen Shoulder is a bit like Russia, It is an Enigma, Wrapped in a Riddle and shrouded in Mystery. Firstly, the shoulder joint is multiaxial ball and socket joint, big head, small cup and so is inherently unstable. Most joints rely on ligaments to hold them in place but the shoulder places a lot of it's stability on the tendonous rotator cuff. The shoulder is the only joint which exibits the "frozen" potential. No frozen knees, hips or ankles. Unfortunately many in the medical professions who look after patients with shoulder conditions call any stiffness in a shoulder a frozen shoulder. Other names by the way are periarthritis and adhesive capsulitis. It is now debatable if it should be called a frozen shoulder rather than a severe capsulitis. We shall continue here with "Frozen Shoulder" for covenience. Frozen shoulders happen to people from 40 to 60 years of age, why I don't know. Mostly they are preceeded by a minor trauma maybe weeks previously. The begin with an ache in the shoulder and loss of lateral rotation i.e. elbow by your side and flexed to 90 and swing hand away from your body. The pain increases for several months as does the stiffness and remains frozen for a few months the defrosts over a few months. The few months together might be as short as 9 months or as long as 2 years.
A similar shoulder condition is the "Traumatic Arthritis", it is suffered by the middle aged and elderly, preceeded by minor trauma, good for a week or so then the pain begins. These are really helped be being active right away, if not pain for three months then they slowly settle but it may take up to a year.
I suppose surgery to a shoulder joint counts as traumatic but many settle quite quickly. Some like yours don't, many factors come into play.
So an anaesthetic will be given and perhaps some fluid into the capsule and the Doc will stretch out the joint. If I remember it only takes from a few seconds to a few minutes.
The ones I saw in the military started PT immediatly, in fact they were done in the PT department. Then ice for a few minutes 5 or 6 times a day, pendular exercises, self passive exercises i.e., raising up one arm with the other. No sling that I can remember but bandage the arm to chest for sleeping was ordered. Take your medication as ordered don't wait till you crave it. Hope it goes well.