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Shoulder impingement is when the tendons of the rotator cuff (made up of muscles and tendons that attach your arm to the top of your shoulder blade) catch on nearby tissue and bone as you lift your arm. Even if after the right type of therapy, surgery could be a strong option for you.

Your surgeon will widen the space around the rotator cuff tendon so that it stops rubbing or catching on anything. This is usually done by keyhole surgery, known as arthroscopy, and is performed under a general anaesthetic with the operation taking between 45 minutes and an hour. You can usually go home the same day.

You may need to keep your arm in a sling for a few days after your operation. It usually takes between two and four months to make a full recovery, but the operation is successful in most patients.

As with all surgical procedures, there can be some risks. At The McIndoe Centre, we do everything we can to minimise risk of complications. Your surgeon will talk to you about any possible specific complications before you decide to have your operation. These could include accidental damage to your shoulder blade or another part of your shoulder joint.

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