Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendonitis Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeons NYC | Top Rotator Cuff Shoulder Surgeons NYC

Calcific tendonitis is a painful musculoskeletal condition affecting the shoulder’s rotator cuff. Calcific tendonitis is a serious condition and causes intense pain and immobility of the shoulder. Conservative treatments are often successful; however, many cases may require an orthopedic surgeon to perform arthroscopic surgery to remove calcium deposits and bony outgrowths to remedy the ailment.

Calcific tendonitis usually occurs in patients over 40, whereas women are at a greater risk of developing this condition. Diabetic patients typically have a higher occurrence compared to other patients, as well.

Please note: A doctor’s referral is NOT necessary from a General Practitioner to see our sports medicine or orthopedic surgery specialists for a consultation, 2nd opinion, or for treatment at our orthopedic practice – including surgery.

We offer full out of network insurance benefits (we will contact your insurance company and submit for you). You will enjoy the luxury and benefit of academic medicine in a top rated concierge environment without the hassle of long hospital waiting room times and paperwork. Most policies reimburse patients for most of the cost of surgery. Our surgical coordinator will help you with a quote.

Diagnostic tests, treatments and rotator cuff calcific tendonitis orthopedic shoulder surgery consultations can often be carried out on the same day. We offer true concierge medicine to all patients, irregardless of insurance. We have the ability to see our patients immediately; same day, nights and weekend and offer emergency services.

Stages of Calcific Tendonitis
Calcific tendonitis progresses predictably and has three stages.  Symptoms, which are painful, are only present during the calcific stage: when the calcium deposits are re-absorbed into the rotator cuff, building pressure and causing intense pain.

  • Pre-Calcification Stage: the shoulder undergoes cellular changes that lead to the development of calcium deposits in shoulder tissue
  • Calcific Stage: calcium is excreted from cells and forms calcium deposits on the rotator cuff (two phases):
  • (1) Silent phasee: calcium is chalk-like and thin; asymptomatic (pain free)
  • (2) Resorptive phase: calcium turns to a toothpaste-like material, causing severe pain, disability, and discomfort during rest
  • Post-Calcific Stage: calcium deposits start to disappear; the rotator cuff begins to appear more normally
  • The painful calcific stage lasts approximately 1-4 weeks

Orthopedic surgery is recommended when symptoms persist and continue to  progress despite treatment. A minimally invasive approach known as needling, in which the surgeon mechanically breaks down calcium deposits with a needle, can help reduce pain and restore range of motion. In tandem with an ultrasound machine, the NYC orthopedic surgeon is able to visualize the needle entering the deposit in real-time.

The orthopedic shoulder surgeon may recommend a medical procedure known as “arthroscopic debridement” to treat calcium deposits affecting the rotator cuff. During the  surgical out-patient procedure, the orthopedic surgeon uses small instruments to remove inflamed or scarred tissue, as well as bone spurs, in the area. This procedure increases the amount of space available for the rotator cuff tendons to pass through.

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Our best in class Upper East Side, NYC, orthopedic surgeons pride ourselves with providing you highly personalized and comprehensive care for your Calcific Tendonitis shoulder surgery. Our philosophy of direct orthopedic surgeon to patient care at every visit has made us one of the most trusted and respected practices on the Upper East Side in NYC. Feel free to contact us today, at any time, and start yourself on the road to recovery.

Dr. Jonathan Glashow, MD
737 Park Ave
# 1C
New York, NY 10021
(212) 794-5096