Rates of surgery for frozen shoulder: an experience in England

Kwaees, T.A. and Charalambous, Charalambos P. (2015) Rates of surgery for frozen shoulder: an experience in England. Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal, 05 (04). pp. 276-279. ISSN 2240-4554

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.11138/mltj/2015.5.4.276


Aim: the aim of this study was to identify the incidence of surgical treatment for frozen shoulder in a western population.
Methods: patients included in this study all resided within a well-defined area in the North West of England, all had surgery for frozen shoulder over a 3-year period and were identified from theatre logbooks of two local hospitals. Cases having surgery for shoulder stiffness other than frozen shoulder were excluded. Local and national population size
estimates were based on data obtained from the UK Office for National Statistics.
Results: 117 patients underwent surgery for frozen shoulder during the period examined; of these 101 had arthroscopic arthrolysis and 16 had manipulation under anaesthesia. The overall incidence of frozen shoulder surgery was calculated at 2.67 procedures per 10,000 general population per year, and at 7.55 for those aged 40-60.
Conclusion: surgical intervention for frozen shoulder cost is common, estimated at over 14,180 cases per year in England. Given the variation in costs associated with arthroscopic arthrolysis and manipulation under anaesthesia, comparative studies of theeffectiveness of the two procedures would be of great value.
Level of evidence: 2C (outcome research).

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