Used for treating calcific tendonitis of the rotator cuff, this outpatient procedure uses ultrasound technology to identify the exact position of the calcium deposits and enables the specialist to guide a needle through the skin to break them up. There is no need for a general anaesthetic. The procedure can also help the specialist to identify other conditions such as bursitis or tears.
What happens during the procedure?
Your specialist will explain each stage of the procedure as you go along and you will be given a local anaesthetic into the area to reduce any pain. Using an ultrasound image, the specialist is able to precisely target the calcified area and remove the calcium deposit through the needle. To help improve healing, the specialist will also puncture the calcified area and bathe the damaged tendon in local anaesthetic to reduce pain.
How successful is the procedure?
It is estimated that having ultrasound guided barbotage can improve your symptoms by up to 70%.
How soon will I be able to drive?
You should arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure although you should be able to drive as usual the next day.
Important: This information is only a guideline to help you understand your treatment and what to expect. Everyone is different and your rehabilitation may be quicker or slower than other people’s. Please contact us for advice if you’re worried about any aspect of your health or recovery.