What Happens During Scapulothoracic Bursectomy Surgery?
This procedure involves the removal of bone spurs and inflamed tissue. Dr. Mazzara, will do a debridement of thickened/fibrotic bursal tissue to restore full painless motion. Removal of the scapulothoracic bursa can be accomplished arthroscopically. The patient is placed on the operating table face down (prone) and the arthroscope (small camera) and small surgical instruments are inserted underneath the scapula.
An open scapulothoracic bursectomy, reserved for serious cases of snapping scapula or scapulothoracic bursitis, can involve the resection, or removal of the corner of the scapula to relieve the abnormal grinding. Removal of the bursa can happen prior to the resection through arthroscopic surgery, or during open surgery depending on what is best for the patient as determined by Dr. Mazzara.
The technique is quite successful with a period of immobilization after surgery (up to four weeks.) Post-operative rehabilitation then includes progressive range of motion with active range of motion at about eight weeks. Resistance and strengthening is recommended based on the patient and their recovery progression. Recovery, when done arthroscopically, is typically quick, and sometimes can even be within a few days from the procedure.
If you are interested in more information about a scapulothoracic bursectomy as a treatment for snapping scapula syndrome, please contact Dr. James Mazzara, orthopedic shoulder surgeon in the Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.