How is Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression Performed?
The goal of arthroscopic subacromial decompression is to increase the size of the subacromial area and reduce the pressure on the muscle. Dr. Mazzara does this surgery typically on an out-patient basis under regional or general anesthesia. Using arthroscopic instruments, Dr. Mazzara will make a small incision in the shoulder and remove the degenerative portions of the acromion along with the inflamed portion of the acromion. If bone spurs are found, they will also be removed which allows the tendon to heal.
How Long Does Subacromial Decompression Surgery Take?
Depending on the injury, age of patient and extent of damage, subacromial decompression typically takes about ten minutes. Arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive, so there will not be a larger scar, as with open surgery. When subacromial decompression is completed, Dr. Mazzara will close the incision with a suture. The affected area will then be dressed and a sling will be applied to keep the arm immobile.
How Long is the Recovery Time for Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression Surgery?
The majority of patients are able to return to their normal daily activities rather quickly after arthroscopic subacromial decompression surgery. Active movement of the arm and shoulder may begin 1 -2 days after surgery. Average patients will have recovered all of their range of motion between 2-4 weeks. 75% improvement in seen in 3 months with full recovery in 3-6 months depending on the condition of the rotator cuff at the time of surgery. Most patients are able to return to their previous activities without pain.
If you suffer from shoulder bursitis, or impingement you may be a candidate for arthroscopic subacromial decompression surgery. Please contact the orthopedic offices of Dr. James Mazzara, orthopedic shoulder surgeon in the Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.