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Decompression (Definition)

Decompression (surgery), a procedure used to treat spinal stenosis (in spinal decompression), carotid artery stenosis or any condition where a ...Read more


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Left shoulder, March 18th, subacromial decompression/bone spur removal. 6 weeks later constant pain and numbness from mid upper arm to fingers.

Left shoulder, March 18th, subacromial decompression/bone spur removal. 6 weeks later constant pain and numbness from mid upper arm to fingers.

Call surgeon!: Call your surgeon to find out what to do. The doc who did the procedure will be able to tell you if this is normal at this stage or not. If you are unhappy with his advice, consider a consult with a doc on Healthtap Concierge, or see your primary care doc, who can give an opinion, too, or arrange for a second opinion for you, if necessary. ...Read more

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How much time to recover after a subacromial decompression on my shoulder?

3 months.: It can take up to 3 months. You should be in physical therapy after surgery, to work on restoring motion and strength. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long to recover after a subacromial decompression on my shoulder?

Really depends: Many different procedures can be done to the shoulder during an arthroscopic surgery. If bone spurs removed, shoulder debrided, then pain may be minimal and pass within a few days. If cuff repaired or labrum repaired, pain can persist for a couple of months. Make sure you understand exactly what is being done during your scope. Don't compare your results with someone else's. ...Read more

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How much is the cost of an arthroscopy subacromial decompression in right shoulder?

How much is the cost of an arthroscopy subacromial decompression in right shoulder?

Depends: The cost of an arthroscopic sad will vary w/ your location and insurance coverage.Some ambulatory surgery centers "cost" less than others to 'do' a sad...Check w/ your orthopecic surgeon.Good luck! ...Read more

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On 12/27/14 i had an arthroscopic subacromial decompression/bursectomy. Felt great for 6 wks. Now im in more pain and popping/clicking is worse. Why?

On 12/27/14 i had an arthroscopic subacromial decompression/bursectomy. Felt great for 6 wks. Now im in more pain and popping/clicking is worse. Why?

See your ORS: Arthroscopic subacromial decompression is unusual for a 28 yr. Old to have without some other diagnosis or primary problem ( shoulder instability, os acromiale, slap tear, etc.)from your hx. I see that you have already had arthroscopic labral repair...Either your shoulder is 'slipping'( subluxating)and / or your labral repair is failing or your joint capsule is 'loose'. See an experienced ors .... ...Read more

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R. Scapula pain lying on back.Why? Started recently.Had biceps tenodesis & subacromial decompression in 2012 for biceps and labral tears after a fall

R. Scapula pain lying on back.Why?  Started recently.Had biceps tenodesis & subacromial decompression in 2012 for biceps and labral tears after a fall

Need an exam: It's not possible to give you a diagnosis without examining you and reviewing your history. You won't be able to find the answer to your problem on the internet. Best advice is to see the orthopedic surgeon who operated on you or see your family physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Glenohumeral joint debridement,microfracture,anterior labrum repair,subacromial bursectomy decompression.5mos physio Why ROM restricted above shoulder?

Very common in your-: -age group. it takes a lot of therapy above and beyond your formal sessions to gain the notion. daily passive 2-3 times a day which requires a partner. you do what the PT protocol says to do but much more intense at home. in the long run most everyone looses ,motion after surgery. the first 2-3 months are the most important ...Read more

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I had subcromial decompression and a floppy tendon repaired dec 2011 and all was well but the last 6 week the pain has returned ?

I had subcromial decompression and a floppy tendon repaired dec 2011 and all was well but the last 6 week the pain has returned ?

Time for re-eval.: Return to your surgeon. F/u exam, x-rays and possibly mri/arthrogram may be necessary. Exam may prove symptoms are unrelated. If determined related, then more f/u tests likely. Treatment could be as simple as a return to therapy. Other options could include injections and possibly a return to surgery. Your surgeon is in the best position to determine this. ...Read more

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I had shoulder decompression and debridement. Is it normal to still be in pain even 3 weeks later?

Not unusual: Would not expect you to be pain-free at only 3 wks after a shoulder arthroscopy w/ debridement/decompression. The important thing to note is wether you are making progress in terms of regaining your motion/function and are noting a progressive decrease in pain compared to the first week post operatively. ...Read more

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Had shoulder arthroscopic decompression 2 weeks ago how long will the recovery take if i work as a manual packer?

Depends on pain : Generally there are no restrictions after an isolated decompression. Depending on your pain and range of motion you should be able to get back to work in 2-6 weeks. It may be sore but you can still work. Obviously, you should speak to your surgeon about individual clearance. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had shoulder decompression and debridement is it normal to still be in pain 3 weeks later?

Maybe: Shoulder surgery is painful. This may be normal but you should be followed by your surgeon for a period of time to make sure there is nothing more going on. ...Read more

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Can u get frozen shoulder after u have had a decompression 8 weeks ago / physio & followed all instructions. Physio said I have it?

Can u get frozen shoulder after u have had a decompression 8 weeks ago / physio & followed all instructions. Physio said I have it?

Yes: The insult 2 the joint from surgery can trigger "frozen shoulder".Not common after decompression but it happens. U r in the age group ; gender 2 develop this, especially if u have diabetes, it's called idiopathic or no known cause. The rx varies with different orth surgeons . It is essentially aggressive pt, possible intra articular steroids ; manipulation. It takes work ; time ; especially patien. ...Read more

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Shooting pain and now popping become more frequent since slap repair and decompression in July in right shoulder pt is even difficult Retear?

If the symptoms-: -R the same, re tear is a good bet. Also if U were 2 active early on or sustained a new injury where the mechanism of injury was the same as Ur prior injury. ...Read more

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I last year I had ctr for cts ,cervical injections for radiculopathy and slap tear repair in shoulder & decompression. Shoulder is hurting bad agai ?

I last year I had ctr for cts ,cervical injections for radiculopathy and slap tear repair in shoulder & decompression. Shoulder is hurting bad agai 
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Arm pain: Your shoulder pain might be a radiculopathy rather than a labral problem. I would do 2 things: See a neurologist for an emg and a shoulder specialist to check out the shoulder. ...Read more

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Pt has told me I have frozen shoulder.I had a decompression done 8 weeks ago wouldn't the surgeon have seen that in the operation .Have had no results?

Pt has told me I have frozen shoulder.I had a decompression done 8 weeks ago wouldn't the surgeon have seen that in the operation .Have had no results?

Not necessarily: Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is a complex condition of the shoulder that involves thickening and contracture of the capsule as well as potential associated tendinitis of the rotator cuff and biceps tendon. There are generally three phases to adhesive capsulitis. Each of these phases can last up to year to year and a half. Arthroscopic release of the capsule decompression of the subacromial space and manipulation under anesthesia can help facilitate recovery but not in every patient. ...Read more

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Is it possible 2 still have tendonitis & burstitis after a shoulder decompression & getting frozen shoulder although i didn't have it before op?

Is it possible 2 still have tendonitis & burstitis after a shoulder decompression & getting frozen shoulder although i didn't have it before op?

Yes: Yes. Tendinitis and bursitis involve swelling and inflammation of the tendon ( the structure that attaches muscle to bone), and bursa ( a sack or cushion on top if the shoulder joint). These can get inflamed after surgery or with injury, use, arthritis, infection, etc. ...Read more

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I had shoulder decompression in oct'13 still in pain but worse, could the surgeon have seen i had frozen shoulder during keyhole.Cant have cortisone?

Wow.: I think your implying that you developed frozen shoulder after surgery. I'm going to assume that this was not present prep, so no, your surgeon would not see anything during decompression. Sometimes frozen shoulder develops after a surgical procedure and needs to be dealt with. Cortisone can definitely be helpful. ...Read more

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I have had a history of frozen.Shoulder after a decompression chiari surgery. It still boths me after 2 1/2 years. I have rom now but very painful?

Time for consult: If you have not already done so, i would suggest a consultation with an orthopaedic surgeon and a MRI of your shoulder. The length of your symptoms suggests a persistent shoulder problem that needs to be evaluated fully. ...Read more

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Had shoulder decompression 24th oct 13 still in pain with & without movement. Is this frozen shoulder physio thinks so.See dr that done op this month.

Maybe: Limited motion actively(by you) and passively(by someone else) are both limited in "frozen shoulder". Can be post op complication. May be something else. Need eval by your surgeon. ...Read more

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If I am having arthroscopic shoulder decompression can thoracic outlet syndrome be seen & fixed?

If I am having arthroscopic shoulder decompression can thoracic outlet syndrome be seen & fixed?

Not with arthroscopy: Thoracic outlet syndrome (even if it truly exists, some controversy there) is treated by removal of the first rib. Can't do this with arthroscopy. ...Read more

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I had decompression shoulder surgery in July, and the severe pain has appeared again.shooting down my arm and hand and it's Very weak.

Which arm: If the pain is in the right arm, and continues for the next day--then recheck with the Ortho who did the operation. If the pain is in the Left arm--this could be cardiac and needs to be checked out NOW ...Read more

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My physio has sent me for a ultrasound scan of my shoulder re subacromial bursitis concerned it is going to be painful as previous scans have been ?

My physio has sent me for a ultrasound scan of my shoulder re subacromial bursitis  concerned it is going to be painful as previous scans have been ?

Shoulder Ultrasound: Painless procedure. Easy to explain findings to patient. Also you can do a dynamic evaluation (moving the shoulder). Skilled musculoskeletal ultrasonographer can do the evaluation in 10-20 minutes. Can be done with you sitting up or lying down. Think you will be pleasantly surprise. ...Read more

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I have l. Shoulder impingement w/frozen shoulder. Given 2 shoulder problems should a guided cortisone shot go into the subacromial space or the joint?

I have l. Shoulder impingement w/frozen shoulder. Given 2 shoulder problems should a guided cortisone shot go into the subacromial space or the joint?

Subacromial: If u have impingement syndrome and a secondary adhesive capsulitis an injection into the subacromial space is warranted followed by a pt program to regain shoulder rom.If no improvement after a dedicated p.T. Regimen then selective arthroscopic capsulotomy and decompression followed by therapy to improve motion is often very helpful.Best of luck! ...Read more

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Acromioclavicular Decompression 11/2015. Frayed labrum debridement; was told not a candidate for a repair due to my age and history. Will it get worse

Labral tear: Further progression of shoulder symptoms is a function of how hard one works at recovering good motion and strength of ones shoulder. Avoidance of activities that increase pain is also prudent as it prevents further damage to the supporting structures.. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have one side of sternal end of clavicle to be slightly out than the other and grinding. Acromioclavicular decompression on Nov 2015.

Common: Some asymmetry is fairly common--sometimes as a result of a little wear and tear/arthritis, sometimes from an injury or "just the way you're built". Grinding is unusual, but does suggest an arthritic component. Unlikely to be serious, or anything that needs surgery, but I'd suggest you see an Orthopedist to be fully evaluated ...Read more

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How will recurring ac joint osteoarthrosis and impingiment (after arthroscopic cleaning and/or ac decompression and resection) be treated?

How will recurring ac joint osteoarthrosis and impingiment (after arthroscopic cleaning and/or ac decompression and resection) be treated?

Resection: Well, to have arthrosis from the AC joint means the joint must, by definition exist. So resection of the distal clavicle essentially eliminates the existence of the AC joint and as such arthrosis in that joint can not recur. Resection should be a permanent solution if surgery done correctly. ...Read more

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Sternal end of clavicle is grinding after acromioclavicular joint decompression. Tender only when I move the arm certain ways?What could it be wrong?

Inflammation: It depends on how long ago your AC joint decompression was. If the surgery was recently, it may be irritated/inflamed from surgery (positioning?) or from certain rehab exercises or overcompensation to protect AC joint. If the surgery was several months/years ago, there could be a small cartilage injury or some arthritis in the SC joint. This joint can become lax and get excess motion too. ...Read more

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I have a moderate size inferior acromion spur and minimal fluid in the subacromial subdeltoid bursa. I'm in a lot of pain. Does this make sense?

No: Likely your pain is more than just these findings. There are many injuries to the muscle and fascia of the shoulder that can be part of your pain. Food choices can also cause a tremendous amount of inflammatory pain. You might try a massage to see what muscles are really tender. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com. ...Read more

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Had an AC sprain 6mo ago. Mri showed type 2 morphology of the acromion with a small subacromial spur. Ac ligaments/capsules intact. Can i lift w8s?

Had an AC sprain 6mo ago. Mri showed type 2 morphology of the acromion with a small subacromial spur. Ac ligaments/capsules intact.  Can i lift w8s?

?: Without knowing more about you, that question should be asked to your orthopedic surgeon. Don't do any exercises without his/her advice or you may risk permanent damage. ...Read more

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Mri- mild subacromial subdeltoid bursitis with slight hypertrophic changes at the inferior distal clavicle causing mild mass effect w/o injury. Pt??

Mri- mild subacromial subdeltoid bursitis with slight hypertrophic changes at the inferior distal clavicle causing mild mass effect w/o injury. Pt??

Rotator cuff: It sounds as if you have rotator cuff tendonitis with possible impingement. Physical therapy, rest from overhead activities, possible NSAIDs and a cortisone injection are all good options as first-line treatment. ...Read more

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Does decompression surgery work?

Specific?: There are a lot of decompression surgeries for different parts of the body. Can you list out your medical history in (pmh section) and previous treatments, this will help for better answers. ...Read more

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How can you get decompression sickness?

DCS: Decompression sickness (dcs) is also called the bends. When a diver descends in the water- pressure increases. As the diver ascends there is less pressure which allows dissolved gas to form bubbles in body tissues. This can cause a variety of different symptoms ; in some cases can lead to death. It could also occur in an unpressurized aircraft going to high altitude, if a halo parachutist does not. ...Read more

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Is it easy to get decompression sickness?

Is it easy to get decompression sickness?

Usually from diving: It is the body's response to reduction of pressure without equilibration. Usually associated with too rapid ascent from depth, it is also called caisson's disease because of the air pressure necessary to keep water excluded in contruction (e.g., deep bridge abuttments). If the pressure high and suddenly reduced, yes. If one does not adhere to dive tables or if one is frightened or distracted. ...Read more

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Hows spinal decompression done?

Hows spinal decompression done?

Surgical: If you have spinal stenosis that require surgery, then a laminectomy is usually the type of surgery that would resolve the tightness. If you have a room that is full of people, and you want to make the room bigger you take the roof off. Essentially the lamina is the roof of the spinal canal and this can be removed to make more room for the spinal nerve elements. ...Read more

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What's a decompression for spinal stenosis?

Surgery: Spinal stenosis is when the spinal canal is too narrow for the nerve elements. This can be a congenital or acquired in origin. When surgery is indicated, one of the mosf common is a laminectomy which is a removal of the "roof" of the spine freeing up or decompressing the nerve tissues, a decompression. ...Read more

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