Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression

What is arthroscopic subacromial decompression?

Arthroscopic subacromial decompression surgery is used to remove inflammation around the muscles that move the shoulder and to remove spurs of bone (this is bony growth which has formed on normal bone).

How does arthroscopic subacromial decompression work?

This type of surgery is performed via keyhole surgery which means your consultant will insert a camera into your shoulder to examine the shoulder blade. Surgical instruments are then inserted into your shoulder by making small incisions to restructure your shoulder blade. The operation is normally done as a day case, which means you won’t have to stay in hospital overnight.

What will happen during my arthroscopic subacromial decompression consultation?

When you meet with your consultant surgeon they'll ensure that you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your Arthroscopic subacromial decompression, they'll discuss with you what'll happen before, during and after the procedure and any pain you might have. Take this time with your consultant surgeon to ensure your mind is put at rest. We know that having an operation of any type can be stressful so we've created a short downloadable guide that you might find useful to print off and use to write down any questions you may have. Do take this with you to your consultation.    

What are the benefits of arthroscopic subacromial decompression?

The benefits of this type of surgery means there is relief or reduction in shoulder pain and improved shoulder movement. The recovery process is variable and it may take 3 – 6 months to notice a great improvement in your symptoms.

How safe is the treatment?

Your consultant will go through any risks as these will vary depending on the individual.

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