Most common type of surgery for shoulder pain given to thousands of patients ‘does not work’, panel of international experts argue

Common surgery given to thousands of patients battling shoulder pain doesn’t work, according to mounting evidence.

Decompression surgery is used to manage the symptoms of the most common form of shoulder pain – subacromial pain syndrome (SAPS).

There are around 20,000 of the procedures performed in NHS hospitals every year, costing around £50million, figures show.

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