Lavage for rotator cuff calcific tendinitis

Are you suffering from calcific tendinitis?

Calcium deposits sometimes gradually form inside the tendons of the shoulder (rotator cuff).

  • While normally painless, these deposits can grow in size and cause severe pain that worsens at night and can disturb sleep.
  • A simple x-ray is used to determine whether calcium deposits have formed.
  • If left untreated, this condition can lead to a loss of shoulder mobility and function.
  • The first line of treatment is rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory drugs.

What is a lavage procedure?

  • If the shoulder doesn’t heal on its own, a lavage, or aspiration using a needle, may prove beneficial.
  • The lavage procedure is performed under local anesthesia by a specialist using ultrasound.
  • Ultrasound is used to guide the needle and inject saline into the calcium deposits to help dissolve them and then remove them.
  • A cortisone shot is given at the end of the procedure.
  • More than 75% of patients see an improvement after a lavage.
  • Some deposits that are either too large or too stubborn require arthroscopic removal.

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