Frozen Shoulder Surgery

As a fellowship trained sports medicine surgeon, Dr. Andrew Pearle has a special interest in treating both athletic and degenerative shoulder conditions. Dr. Pearle has been a team physician for the New York Mets organization for over 7 years. Assisting in the care for hundreds of elite throwing athletes from both the major and minor league systems gives Dr. Pearle a unique perspective and expertise on shoulder injuries. Dr. Pearle performs all his surgeries at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the #1 ranked orthopedic center in the country.

Frozen shoulder (aka Adhesive Capsulitis) occurs in approximately 2% of the US population. It is caused by inflammation of the shoulder capsule (capsulitis) which encases the shoulder joint. This inflammation results in thickening of the capsule, which often results in shoulder pain and loss of motion. Typically, the cause of this condition is unknown.

Frozen shoulder can be an extremely frustrating condition for patients and surgery can be an excellent option for definitive treatment. Dr. Pearle often recommends surgery when conservative treatments, such as injections and physical therapy, have failed.

Dr. Pearle feels strongly that patient education is essential for optimal outcome. The video above demonstrates the pathologic condition and surgical technique for frozen shoulder surgery. If considering surgery, please view the animation. Please also read through the Frequently Asked Questions, Risks, and other related information on the section to the right.

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