Removal of calcium deposit from the shoulder

Definition

Removing calcification with possible rotator cuff repair if necessary

In most cases, non-surgical treatment of calcific tendonitis shows good results. If the pain worsens even after various forms of non-surgical treatment, impeding daily activities, the calcium deposit can be removed by arthroscopy. This direct removal of the calcification and inflammation vividly reveals the stages of the disease and the process of treatment. For example, a thick calcium deposit looks like toothpaste and calcium particles that have been broken down by the removal procedure can be seen like snowflakes. If an abundance of calcium is removed, the subsequent defect of the rotator cuff can be repaired under arthroscopy.

Indication

  • Worsening pain hindering activities even after conventional treatments
  • Cases combined with rotator cuff tear

Procedure

  • 1.After anesthesia, inspect via arthroscopy through a small incision on the shoulder
  • 2.Make another incision on the anterior side of the joint for an operation tool
  • 3.Check the calcified focus and remove the calcification and inflamed tissue
  • 4.If the defect after removal is significant, sew up the damaged tendon as it would be done in the rotator cuff repair surgery

Duration

30 minutes

Hospital stay and Precautions

1~2 days

  • Can move shoulders 2-3 days later.
  • Can usually return to daily routine in 3~4 weeks.