Scapulothoracic Bursectomy

  • George F. LeBus
  • Zaamin B. Hussain
  • Peter J. Millett


Scapulothoracic bursectomy can be an effective treatment for patients with scapulothoracic bursitis and snapping scapula syndrome who have failed nonoperative treatment. The procedure aims to remove the pathologic tissue from the scapulothoracic articulation in order to decrease pain and eliminate mechanical crepitus while improving upper extremity function.


Scapulothoracic bursectomy Scapulothoracic bursitis Snapping scapula syndrome Upper extremity function SSS Arthroscopic bursectomy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George F. LeBus
    • 1
  • Zaamin B. Hussain
    • 2
  • Peter J. Millett
    • 3
  1. 1.Orthopedic Specialty AssociatesFort WorthUSA
  2. 2.Steadman Philippon Research InstituteVailUSA
  3. 3.Shoulder, Knee, Elbow and Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, The Steadman ClinicVailUSA

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