Ultrasound-Guided Calcium Debridement of the Shoulder Joint: A Case Series

Surg Technol Int. 2018 Nov 11:33:308-311.


Objective: Our purpose was to assess the outcomes of those who underwent an ultrasound-guided debridement of the deposits. Specifically, we analyzed: (1) function; (2) pain; (3) activity level; (4) patient satisfaction; and (5) complications.

Materials and methods: A review of patients who underwent an ultrasound-guided debridement of calcific deposits about their shoulder joint between 2005 and 2015 was performed. Our final cohort consisted of 38 patients with a mean age of 53 years (range, 35 to 62 years)-11 men and 27 women-and a mean follow up of 32 months (range, 12 to 53 months). Functional outcomes, activity level, and pain level were assessed using the Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) scale, the University of Southern California (UCLA) activity scale, and the Visual Analog Scale (VAS). Additionally, patients were asked if they were satisfied with the outcomes of their procedure. All medical records were assessed for potential complications from this procedure.

Results: Excellent outcomes were achieved. The mean DASH score improved from 21 to 10 points (p=0.0001). Additionally, mean UCLA score increased from 2 to 7 points (p=0.0001). Furthermore, the mean reported VAS improved from 8 to 1.6 (p=0.0001). Ninety-seven percent of patients reported being satisfied. There were no reported complications in our cohort.

Conclusion: We found that this procedure can result in effective pain relief and prevent or delay the need for more invasive procedures. Future studies should evaluate the role of calcium deposit size in the outcomes of those who undergo debridement.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Calcinosis / surgery
  • Debridement / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Shoulder Joint / surgery*
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional / methods*