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How can surgery treat shoulder or elbow bursitis?

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You can have surgery for bursitis if other treatments don’t work. Your doctor might suggest:

  • Elbow surgery: If your elbow bursa is infected and antibiotics don’t help, your doctor can remove it. You’ll wear a splint afterward, and you’ll get stretches to do as you recover.
  • Shoulder surgery: A type of surgery that requires only small cuts can remove your inflamed shoulder bursa. You’ll wear a shoulder sling afterward, and you’ll get exercises to stretch and strengthen your shoulder and arm.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Bursitis.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Bursitis of the Shoulder.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shoulder Bursitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bursitis: Shoulder and Home Remedies,” “Bursitis: Prevention,” “Bursitis:Treatment and Drugs.”

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Olecranon Bursitis,” “Shoulder Impingement/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Bursitis.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Bursitis of the Shoulder.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shoulder Bursitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bursitis: Shoulder and Home Remedies,” “Bursitis: Prevention,” “Bursitis:Treatment and Drugs.”

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Olecranon Bursitis,” “Shoulder Impingement/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

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