Ultrasound (US) Guided Fine Needle Aspiration
and Lavage for Calcific Shoulder Tendonitis

Calcific Shoulder Tendonitis is caused by crystal deposits in the rotator cuff tendons. This condition accounts for nearly 20% of cases where patients between the ages of 30 - 70 are seen for shoulder pain. It can cause intense pain, resulting in significant damage to the patient’s economic status and emotional well being.

Temporary relief can sometime be found through non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or steroid injections. However, these are short-term solutions that can create complications and do not address the cause of the problem.

US guided fine needle aspiration and lavage involves using an ultrasound-guided needle to break up the crystal deposits, the area is then cleaned and the crystals are removed with suction. The procedure takes about 30 minutes to complete, is very tolerable and performed through a tiny incision that only requires a band aid afterwards. Typically, patients feel immediate relief and are able to return to their normal routine within a week.

No surgery or general anesthesia is involved and treatment is very well tolerated and considered pain-free by most patients.

Who Performs the Procedure
Our physicians who perform this treatment are doctors who completed medical school and then attended an additional 4 - 5 years of medical training in the field of radiology and musculoskeletal fellowships. Their advanced subspecialist medical training provides the expertise to use imaging to guide this minimally invasive procedure. MSK radiologists are also uniquely qualified to perform therapeutic and diagnostic services including image-guided joint injections, image-guided spine injections and dry needle treatment for tendonopathy.

How to Get Help
To see one of our doctors and determine if you are a candidate for US guided fine needle aspiration and lavage, you will need a referral from your physician. Your physician may contact us at:
Grand Rapids, Lakeshore and Lansing area: 616.459.7225
Kalamazoo area: 269.341.6380, press #1

Corporate Office: 616.363.7272, 3264 North Evergreen Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Interventional Radiology Evergreen Office: 616.459.7225 (lower level of Corporate Office)