Bursitis/Impingement Surgery


Bursitis and Impingement surgical procedures aim to rectify tears in the shoulder, primarily in the rotator cuff region of the shoulder. These procedures are often the last resort to repair the shoulder region, coming after therapy and other measures to fix the shoulder.

What is it?

Also known as a subacromial decompression,  bursitis/impingement surgery involves the repair of the damaged shoulder through the removal of inflamed bursal tissue over the rotator cuff. The Rotator cuff may be wholly or partially torn, with the repair depending on the severity of the tear.  Bone spurs and inflamed tissue are removed in order to repair the affected area of the shoulder.

What should I do to prepare?

This procedure can be done as an inpatient or an outpatient procedure typically, so it is best to consult your doctor before the procedure in order to determine the best course of action to take in order to prepare for the procedure. General anesthesia may be used in this procedure, so it is best to stop eating or drinking the night before surgery to prepare.

What happens during the process?

During the surgery, an incision will be made in the shoulder region. Any inflamed tissue will be removed. After this, if there are any remaining tendons muscles that need to be repaired after damage, they will then be repaired.

What are the risks and potential complications?

As with most surgeries, the complications of bursitis and impingement surgery may come to include bleeding, infection, or swelling and inflammation. There is also the chance for new tears or damaged tissue to form in the place of the damaged tissue.


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