What is the prognosis of supraspinatus tendonitis following surgery?

Updated: Dec 03, 2018
  • Author: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Surgical outcome

  • Subacromial decompression results generally are poor in young, high-performance athletes with injuries from overhead motions.

  • Results generally are good for properly selected middle-aged patients with evidence of impingement in history and physical examination findings and at the time of arthroscopy.

  • General consensus in the literature is that arthroscopic subacromial decompression results in a good return to the previous level of function in approximately 85-90% of patients.

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