Bursectomy - Surgical Bursa Removal
Non-surgical treatments such as therapeutic cold therapy, rest, physical therapy, and/or anti-inflammatory medications should be the initial course of treatment for bursitis.
If possible, avoiding surgery is the best option, however in some extreme cases, the bursa remains thick and swollen causing bursitis to persist. Surgical removal of a bursa, called a bursectomy or resection of a bursa, may be necessary if the bursa has become chronically inflamed.
Often, a bursectomy is done arthroscopically as many bursae (i.e. olecrananon bursa or subacromial bursa) are accessible through tiny incisions, some deeper bursae (i.e. iliopsoas bursa) may require a larger incision. During an arthroscopic bursectomy, small incisions are made to insert a shaver and a tiny camera to view the procedure. The shaver is used to cut the bursa free from the surrounding tissue and the bursa is removed. If a bone spur or other problem has caused the bursitis, the spur is removed or the problem is corrected to prevent further issues. A bursectomy can be performed under local anesthetic and no hospital stay is required.
If the bursa is close to the surface of the skin it can be removed easily with very little damage done to the surrounding tissue. Resection of a deeper bursa covered by tendons and ligaments will take longer to heal as more tissue must be cut during surgery.
Once the bursa is removed, the cut tissue and surgical incisions are stitched closed. If the bursa is in a frequently used joint a splint may be used to prevent movement, limiting the chance of bleeding and allowing the incisions to heal faster.
Rehabilitation from a bursectomy will depend on your healing ability, rest, your diet, tissue damage, and other procedures done during the surgery. Generally, recovery time is relatively fast after a bursectomy with normal movement and activities being possible within 3 - 4 weeks.
Although removal of the bursa gets rid of bursitis, the bone, tendon, muscle, or ligament that was protected by the bursa is left exposed. Fortunately, if cushioning is necessary, the body usually forms another bursa to allow for smooth movement in the joint.
Post-op recovery time can be reduced with the use of Freezie Wrap®Freezie Wrap® cold compression, and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ following surgery. Cold compression is recommended by doctors following a bursectomy to treat your pain in a natural, non-addictive way and to reduce swelling. Once the incision has healed, speak with your doctor about the use of our Inferno Wraps® utilizing Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™. Using our Inferno Wraps® as soon as you can following your surgery will minimize the growth of scar tissue that forms as you heal. Treating scar tissue is the most important step following surgery, especially in a joint to improve its range of motion. Leaving the scar tissue untreated can lead to stiffness, chronic pain, osteoarthritis or other chronic conditions. BFST® encourages more oxygen and nutrients to flow to the area to speed healing and improve the strength of the soft tissue in your joint.
Pre-Surgical and Post-Surgical Treatments
Freezie Wrap® Cold Compression Therapy
Within the first 72 hours of an injury and following surgery, cold compression therapy is recommended to reduce pain, swelling and tissue damage. In addition, on-going cold compression treatments can reduce, or even eliminate, the need for NSAIDs that can be harmful to your body.
The Freezie Wrap® is the cold compression tool you need for your post-surgical recovery to treat yourself in an effective and convenient way. Freezie Wraps® are available to treat bursae all over the body.
The Freezie Wrap® uses a supercharged cooling gel pack, that chills in the fridge, not in the freezer like ice or other freezer packs, giving you deep cold therapy without the risk of 'cold burns' or cryoburn. The medical-grade wrap delivers cold right where you need it.
Cold compression therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in the injured area and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels. This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygen and nutrients to your bursa and surrounding tissue and cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy, cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells do not get the oxygen they need to survive.
By limiting the amount of damage done to your tissue, you limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal from surgery faster and with less pain!
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During the healing process, scar tissue builds up to 'repair' the damaged tissue. Unfortunately, scar tissue can bind all the inner tissue together within the joint. The inflexible scar tissue limits the movement of these connective tissues that were once elastic and gave your joint its stability and range of motion. As a result, movement of the entire joint is limited making it difficult to rotate use your joint properly. Fortunately, you can treat the surgical area with an Inferno Wrap® device to minimize the growth of scar tissue, soft existing scar tissue and improve the motion and flexibility.
Inferno Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
To complete your bursectomy recovery, it is important to heal the tissue completely and begin to strengthen the area again. Improving blood flow to nourish your tissue is recommended. Using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ will speed your recovery and heal your joint more completely preparing it for strengthening exercises. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist to find out which exercises are appropriate for your situation.
When you stop moving the affected area because it is sore from surgery the normal blood flow is reduced, limiting your body's natural ability to heal itself.
Increasing the amount of blood to the tendons, muscles, and ligaments is essential to heal the tissue and speed surgical recovery.
By treating yourself with BFST® you can increase your body's blood supply to the surgical site and increase your body's natural healing power.
An Inferno Wrap® is the tool you need to for post-operative recovery. With BFST®, tissues are safely and gently stimulated. Your body responds with a rapid increase in blood flow to the area, increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to repair damaged tissue cells. The Inferno Wrap® from MendMeShop® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
In addition, the improved blood flow helps reduce the risk of atrophy (muscle weakness and/or deterioration) in your muscles. When you stop moving your joint due to pain, your muscles and other tissue can become weaker and dead cells and toxins in the area can cause further tissue deterioration - this can lead to atrophy in your muscles. The Inferno Wrap® can also be used to treat your back, leg and other body parts with BFST®. It is an amazing healing tool that can be used to treat your entire body.
By clearing the area of toxins and increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to your muscle and tendon tissue, the risk of atrophy is greatly reduced. Keeping your tissue as healthy as possible throughout the healing process will allow you to improve strength again once your pain has gone and your injury has healed.
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With these 3 easy therapies, you will notice significantly reduced pain and an incredible improvement in your pain and range of motion following your surgery.
Please be aware that this information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.