What is shoulder bursectomy?
Shoulder bursectomy is arthroscopic surgery that is performed to remove an inflamed bursa. The human body has over 150 bursae that rest between the bone and soft tissues found in many large joints, including the shoulder. There are five main bursae in the shoulder, and when any of these become irritated, it causes inflammation and a condition known as bursitis. The subacromial bursa sits between the top of the rotator cuff and the roof of the shoulder (acromion process). The subacromial bursa can become inflamed by overuse and repetitive overhead arm motion. A shoulder bursectomy is often performed when bursitis persists despite the application of nonoperative treatment modalities. Shoulder bursectomy physically removed the inflamed thickened bursa; this procedure provides patients with pain relief and better shoulder function. When a damaged bursa is removed, a healthy bursal layer grows in its place. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic shoulder surgeon, serving Manhattan, New York City and the surrounding New York boroughs, has extensive experience in performing shoulder bursectomies and other shoulder treatments.