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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