Subacromial Decompression

SYMPTOMS

 

 

 

CLINICAL EXAMINATION

 

 

INVESTIGATIONS

 

 

 

NON-OPERATIVE TREATMENTS

 

 

 

OPERATIVE TREATMENT

A sub acromial decompression is  performed to remove the spike of bone.  The surgery is done with an arthroscope (keyhole surgery).  You will have a very small puncture wound at the back of the shoulder and one at the front of the shoulder.  These will heal up very quickly.   The operation itself takes 15-30 minutes.  It is done under a General Anaesthetic

 

 

 

POST-OPERATIVE TREATMENT 

While the shoulder is still numb from the local anaesthetic injection, the Physiotherapists will see you and encourage you to move the shoulder.   You  must take regular pain killers even if the shoulder does not hurt as when the block wears off it can be sore.  

Following a sub acromial decompression, you will be in a sling for 2-3 days.  You will see the Physiotherapist before you leave the hospital.  You can mobilise the shoulder as pain allows. 

 

You will not do any harm to any surgery that has been done by mobilising your arm.  However excessive or overzealous work can irritate the shoulder and prolong the time of recovery.

 

 

RETURN TO WORK & DRIVING

The average return to work and driving is 2 - 2 ½ weeks, and often return to sports such as golf should be around 5-6 weeks following surgery. 

 

POST-OPERATIVE FOLLOW UP CONSULTATIONS

 

Patients are reviewed 3 weeks following surgery for a wound check and stitches will be removed at this stage.

 

Then a further appointment is booked 3 months following sub acromial decompression.   Usually at the 3 month mark people on average report an 85% return to functional activity.  

 

 It can take 6-9 months to feel the full benefit.

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