When shoulder surgery is prescribed, the surgical procedures used by physicians are intended to provide more room for the rotator cuff tendons. In this procedure, called subacromial decompression, the bone spurs that the tendon rubs against are simply removed, thereby creating more room for the tendon to glide normally. This type of surgery is referred to as an acromioplasty. Simultaneously, the lubricating sack located between the rotator cuff and the underside of the acromion (bursa) that has been inflamed by the impingement process, is also removed.

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