Arthroscopic shoulder surgery

Pain in the shoulder joint is a possible of shoulder impingement syndrome. In this case, arthroscopic shoulder surgery is a successful way to grant pain relief. This closed form of surgery is a far more gentle than open surgery.

Impingement syndrome (sometimes known as swimmer’s shoulder) is a clinical syndrome, which occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff become irritated and inflamed as they pass through the subacromial space, the passage beneath the acromion at the top of the shoulder blade resulting in pain at night or under stress of the joint. Arthroscopic subacromial decompression addresses this problem while gently removing the inflamed tissue.


How it works

Patients are not allowed to eat or drink for six to eight hours prior to shoulder surgery. The patient is positioned in the ‘beach chair position’ or in the lateral position. The arm is stretched lengthwise with a 5kg weight to extend the shoulder joint. The arthroscopic subacromial decompression procedure takes approximately 45 minutes and is performed under general anaesthesia. Public or private health insurances bear the costs of this operation.


Post-operative measures

After the arthroscopic subacromial decompression procedure, swelling may occur. Patients are required to wear a shoulder bandage for a few days after shoulder surgery, while simultaneously starting passive physical therapy. Pain usually vanishes within the first week after the operation and may be managed with pain medication. The wound healing process is typically concluded approximately two weeks after the arthroscopic subacromial decompression. Everyday movement is usually possible within three to four weeks of shoulder surgery. Full functionality should be regained two to three months after the arthroscopic subacromial decompression.


Do you have any further questions regarding arthroscopic subacromial decompression to address pain in your shoulder joint? Do not hesitate to make an appointment with Professor Lill in Munich today.