Subacromial Decompression

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Subacromial decompression is a minor arthroscopic operation used to treat subacromial impingement syndrome. When the rotator cuff tendon is squeezed between the humeral head and the underside of the acromion, it is known as subacromial impingement. If less invasive therapies like medicine and physical therapy are unsuccessful in treating your problems, the doctor could advise arthroscopic subacromial decompression surgery. The purpose of this decompression surgery is to release the rotator cuff tendons from compression.

Diagnosis & Tests for Subacromial Decompression

The medical professionals will first try to understand and diagnose the medical problem you are facing. They will ask you to get some of the diagnostic tests done to reach the precise root cause of the problem. The tests might include the following-

  • Physical review
  • Ultrasonic imaging
  • MRI Scan
  • CT Scan
  • EMG (Electromyogram)

These tests will also help surgeons in curating the best treatment approach to achieve the best possible results and reduce the chances of any risks involved.

What happens during Subacromial Decompression?

The most common approach pursued by doctors to accomplish subacromial decompression is by a small, flexible tube-shaped incision known as a keyhole. During the operation, general anaesthesia will be given to the concerned patient. Local anaesthesia may occasionally be used in the shoulder region and the surrounding areas to ease any pain that could develop following surgery. Through tiny skin incisions, the surgeon views the problematic spots with the arthroscope. This improves the surgeon’s ability to see into the shoulder.

They will perform the decompression surgery after knowing the cause of the problem. Once the decompression surgery is complete, the devices are taken out, and the wounds and incisions are stitched up.

Postoperative Care for Subacromial Decompression

Full recovery from surgery might take up to two to four months. You might need assistance with washing, getting dressed, and other tasks during the first few weeks. After the procedure, you are encouraged to see a physiotherapist who will suggest exercises & ways for basic movements for a quick recovery.

The rehabilitation exercises are crucial because certain patients are predisposed to shoulder stiffness, known as frozen shoulder, following surgery. Do not engage in vigorous activity or heavy weight lifting. Talk to the shoulder surgeon in advance about your health issues and any potential consequences.

Risks of Subacromial Decompression

Although potential risks associated with the subacromial decompression operation are rare, it is nonetheless necessary to be aware of them:

  • Anaesthesia entails low to no risks. An anesthesiologist will go through all the probable risks & complications with you that day.
  • A tiny chance of infection exists—likely less than 1%.
  • A little chance of developing a frozen shoulder, which would result in severe shoulder pain and stiffness, exists.
  • Accidental harm to the blood vessels or nerves in the tissues around your shoulder joint.
  • Rarely, fewer than 5% of the time, is it necessary to repeat the procedure.

Why choose Omni Hospitals?

Omni Hospital is one of the most advanced and highly preferred subacromial decompression surgery centres. We offer unrivalled medical attention and hospital experience for subacromial decompression procedures. Our top-tier doctors, backed by cutting-edge technology & equipment under one roof, guarantee that patients get superior treatment and care.

Contact our healthcare professionals at Omni for more information about subacromial decompression or to see whether you are a good candidate for surgical shoulder impingement treatments.


Q1. After a subacromial decompression procedure, how long must you be off your work?

Ans. Depending on your profession, you’ll often need to miss a few weeks of work following surgery. For around three weeks, you might have to refrain from doing any heavy lifting.

Q2. How long does recovery from a shoulder decompression procedure take?

Ans. The overall recovery following shoulder decompression surgery will take around four months.

Q3. What percentage of subacromial decompression surgeries succeed?

Ans. At Omni, over 80% success rate is achieved in subacromial decompression surgery for shoulder impingement.

Q4. What long-term effects might shoulder decompression surgery have?

Ans. Most patients report a considerable improvement in pain following a full course of postoperative physiotherapy, and this type of surgery often gives positive outcomes.

Q5. Is shoulder surgery risky?

Ans. In general, shoulder surgery has little risk, and serious side effects are uncommon if you choose a top-tier hospital like Omni.

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