Shoulder Surgery: Subacromial Decompression

Minimally invasive shoulder surgery for impingement syndrome and rotator cuff tears


Impingement syndrome and associated rotator cuff tears are commonly encountered shoulder problems. This condition is caused when the rotator cuff tendons rub the underside of the acromion bone. Chronic rubbing can lead to a weakening and even tearing of the rotator cuff. Symptoms include pain, weakness, and loss of motion.

Whether this procedure is done using a scope or through a small incision is dependent on the severity of the tear and the doctor’s preference. The method shown in these animations is with a scope.


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