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Debridement involves removing loose fragments of tendon, thickened
bursa, and other debris from around the shoulder joint. By clearing damaged
tissue from the region of the shoulder joint, it helps the doctor to see the
extent of the injury and determine whether you need more surgery.
Debridement may be done in arthroscopic surgery (through two or three
tiny incisions) or in open surgery (usually one larger incision). It is usually
the first step in
rotator cuff surgery. Sometimes debridement is done
with arthroscopic surgery before an open surgery to repair a rotator cuff
Debridement may also be done without rotator cuff repair to help
relieve pain and other symptoms that have not improved with other treatment.
This may be an option for people who don't want to have open surgery.
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerTimothy Bhattacharyya, MD
Current as ofMay 23, 2016
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Timothy Bhattacharyya, MD
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