Subacromial Decompression Denver
What is Subacromial Decompression Surgery?
Subacromial inpingement is a condition where the rotator cuff tendon is pinched between the humeral head and the undersurface of the acromion.
Subacromial decompression is a relatively non-invasive procedure for the treatment of subacromial impingement syndrome. It usually occurs as an outpatient surgery.
What Happens During Surgery?
During a subacromial decompression, the inflamed portion of the bursa is removed and the bony prominence on the undersurface of the acromion is shaved down to open up the space between the rotator cuff and the acromion. This allows the rotator cuff to glide more smoothly between the head of the humerus and the acromion; therefore, causing less pain or damage to the rotator cuff and less inflammation of the bursa.
The procedure is done arthroscopically, which means that a video camera and small specialized tools are inserted through a series of small incisions to complete the bursa removal and shaving of the acromion bone. The benefit of performing the procedure in this minimally-invasive way is that the patient can expect a much more rapid recovery with less overall surgical pain. The surgery is followed by a course of formal physical therapy that is tailored to each patient’s specific needs. Typically, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis and patients are able to return to work and regular daily activities within a few weeks.