How is a Subacromial Decompression Done?
If conservative treatments fail to work, arthroscopic shoulder surgery may be prescribed. Subacromial decompression is designed to remove the inflamed bursa from the acromium is known as a subacromial decompression. Using arthroscopic instruments, Dr. Padalecki will make a small incision in the shoulder and the inflamed portion of the bursa and degenerative portions of the acromium, which are causing the impingement, are removed. Depending on the injury, if bone spurs exist, they will also be removed.
What Happens After Subacromial Decompression Surgery?
Following subacromial decompression shoulder surgery, patients will be prescribed a physical therapy program. Initially after surgery, they will wear a sling, but will begin active movement of the shoulder pretty quickly. If only a subacromial decompression is performed, range of motion can begin immediately after surgery and a full recovery can be anticipated at approximately 2 months. Most patients are able to return to their previous activities without pain.
For additional information on the arthroscopic shoulder surgery known as subacromial decompression, please contact the office of Dr. Jeff Padalecki, orthopedic shoulder surgeon in Austin, Texas.