Orthopaedic Conditons & Treatments

Shoulder Decompression Surgery

Shoulder Decompression is a type of surgery used to correct the painful condition of Shoulder Impingement. Most often caused by the combination of repetitive activity and aging, shoulder impingement can happen when you raise your arm to shoulder height and the top of your shoulder (acromion) rubs against (impinges) the rotator cuff tendons and the bursa. The rotator cuff is a network of four muscles that comes together as tendons to form a covering around the head of your upper arm bone (humerus). The bursas are fluid-filled sacs that lubricate and protect the tendons of the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement can cause rotator cuff tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons) and bursitis (inflammation of the bursa).

In most parts of your body, your bones are surrounded by muscles. In the shoulder region, your muscle is surrounded by bone. This unusual arrangement of muscle between bone can cause the three inter-related conditions known as shoulder impingement syndrome (shoulder impingement, shoulder bursitis and rotator cuff tendonitis).Symptoms range from mild pain and limited movement to severe pain and inability to lift your arm.

What to Expect from Shoulder Decompression Surgery
If nonsurgical treatments fail to be effective in correcting shoulder impingement, your orthopaedist may recommend shoulder arthroscopy surgery – also referred to as "scoping the shoulder." Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive form of shoulder decompression surgery. An arthroscope is a small tube comprised of a system of lenses, a light and a small video camera that is inserted in a small incision (<5mm). Surgical tools are inserted through other small incisions. The camera sends images to a video monitor stationed by the operating table which enables the surgeon to guide the camera and perform the surgery with the inserted surgical tools. Thanks to the magnified views from the video camera, your surgeon can inspect all the tissues of your shoulder including the cartilage, bones, tendons and ligaments. This inside view helps your surgeon identify any problem areas and allows for any repair/treatment needed.

The multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic experts at North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute's Shoulder & Elbow Services in New York performs shoulder decompression as well as a broad range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments forconditions that affect the foot and ankle.

Rehabilitation Services
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