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Can bursitis in the shoulder be treated by surgery?
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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
If you have exhausted all nonoperative options, including anti-inflammatory meds, therapy, activity modifications, and injections either steroid or toradol, then surgery becomes the remaining option.
Typical surgery for this would be arthroscopic subacromial decompression. Recovery may take up to 2-3 months.

In brief: Yes
If you have exhausted all nonoperative options, including anti-inflammatory meds, therapy, activity modifications, and injections either steroid or toradol, then surgery becomes the remaining option.
Typical surgery for this would be arthroscopic subacromial decompression. Recovery may take up to 2-3 months.
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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Amanda Xi
General Practice
4 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
Generally treatment for bursitis involves rest, cushioning and protecting the area, avoiding positions that put pressure on the area, placing ice [20 minutes, couple of times a day] or heat [~20 minutes, not too hot!] to reduce pain.
Depending on your symptoms, your physician may suggest nsaids [like advil (ibuprofen) or motrin], steroid injections, various exercises/stretches or sometimes, surgery.

In brief: Maybe
Generally treatment for bursitis involves rest, cushioning and protecting the area, avoiding positions that put pressure on the area, placing ice [20 minutes, couple of times a day] or heat [~20 minutes, not too hot!] to reduce pain.
Depending on your symptoms, your physician may suggest nsaids [like advil (ibuprofen) or motrin], steroid injections, various exercises/stretches or sometimes, surgery.
Amanda Xi
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