Joint Surgeons in Germany

Gelenk Klinik Orthopaedic Clinic
Alte Bundesstrasse 58
D-79194 Gundelfingen
fon: +49-761-79117-228
fax: +49-761-79117-999

Diagnosis and Surgery of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Fact Sheet: Arthroscopic Shoulder Impingement Surgery

  • Inpatient treatment: 3 days
  • Outpatient treatment: 28 days followed by 14 days of ouptpatient rehabilitation
  • Earliest flight home: 7 days after Surgery
  • Recommended flight home: 10 days after surgery
  • Time before showering: 7 days after surgery
  • Recommended time off work: 2-6 weeks (depending on profession)
  • Time before suture removal: 5 days
  • Time before driving a car: 6 weeks

What is Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?

Arthroscopic surgery of shoulder impingementArthroscopic surgery of shoulder impingement ©Viewmedica

Shoulder impingement occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff and the subacromial bursa become compressed (squashed) against the acromion (a bone which sticks out from the scapula). If these tissues continually rub against bone, as time passes they become irritated and inflamed. This could be a result of acromioclavicular joint arthritis, thickening or calcification (hardening due to the accumulation of calcium deposits) of the coracoacromial ligament, structural abnormalities of the acromion and weakness of the rotator cuff muscles.

What are the symptoms of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?

The symptoms of this condition include pain, swelling, weakness and loss of movement, often made worse by overhead arm movements. Pain may be acute due to injury or gradually become worse due to an osteoarthritic spur. Swimmers, basketball and tennis players are vulnerable to this condition at any age. Pain may still be felt when the arm is not being used and it may be difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position.

What is the treatment for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?

Initial treatment may include all or a combination of, rest, ice packs, non-steroidal inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), physiotherapy and steroid injections.

If the treatments listed above do not solve the problem, orthopaedic shoulder specialists at the Gelenk Klinik may recommend surgery to create space in the shoulder joint. The surgery is usually performed arthroscopically and may involve removing the structure which is causing the compression and widening the subacromial space.

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Orthopaedic Clinic Germany

Orthopedic clinic and surgeons in Germany

MVZ Gelenk-Klinik
Orthopaedic Clinic

ISO 9001:2015 certified quality

Alte Bundesstrasse 58

D-79194 Gundelfingen,


Shoulder Specialist

Senior Expert Consultant for Shoulder Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgeon in Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Sven Ostermeier
Orthopaedic Specialist Consultant for Shoulder Surgery


PD. Dr. med. Bastian Marquaß, Facharzt für Orthopädie in Freiburg

PD. Dr. med. Bastian Marquaß Senior Specialist for Shoulder Surgery

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  • Distance to EURO-Airport Basel: 80 km (45 mins)
  • Distance to Zurich: 161 km (1h 40)
  • Distance to Frankfurt: 259 km (2h 20)

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