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Shoulder Impingement Surgery

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What Is A Shoulder Impingement Surgery?

Shoulder impingement surgery, also known as subacromial decompression, is a surgical procedure performed to relieve pain and restore normal function in individuals with shoulder impingement syndrome. Shoulder impingement occurs when the rotator cuff tendons and/or the bursa become compressed or irritated as they pass through the subacromial space, which is located beneath the acromion (part of the shoulder blade).

The aim of shoulder impingement surgery is to create more space within the subacromial area, reducing the pressure on the tendons and bursa, and allowing them to move freely. The specific surgical technique can vary, but the general steps involved in subacromial decompression may include:

  1. Incision: The surgeon makes a small incision on the side of the shoulder to access the subacromial space.
  2. Removal of structures: The surgeon removes any bone spurs, bony prominences, or inflamed tissue that may be contributing to the impingement. This can be done using surgical instruments, a shaver, or a burr.
  3. Acromioplasty: In some cases, the surgeon may reshape the acromion by removing a small portion of it to provide more space for the tendons and bursa.
  4. Closure: The incision is closed with sutures or surgical staples, and a sterile dressing is applied.

Following the surgery, a rehabilitation program is usually initiated to optimize recovery and restore shoulder strength and range of motion. Physical therapy exercises, stretching, and strengthening exercises may be prescribed to gradually regain function and prevent stiffness.

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with shoulder impingement surgery. These can include infection, bleeding, nerve or blood vessel injury, stiffness, and the possibility of recurrence or persistence of symptoms.

It is important to consult with an orthopedic surgeon to evaluate your specific condition and determine the most appropriate treatment approach, which may or may not involve shoulder impingement surgery. The surgeon will consider various factors, such as the severity of the impingement, the presence of other shoulder pathology, and the patient’s individual circumstances, to provide a personalized treatment plan.


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