What are the indications for surgery for supraspinatus tendonitis?

Updated: Dec 04, 2017
  • Author: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Appropriate surgical referrals are patients with rotator cuff tendonitis refractory to 3-6 months of appropriate conservative treatment. Surgery may be particularly beneficial in patients with full, unrestricted passive range of motion; a positive response to injection of lidocaine into the subacromial space; or a type III acromion with a large subacromial spur and in those in whom changes are noted in the rotator cuff tendon after MRI.


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