What is Barbottage?

Barbottage is a minimally invasive procedure performed to reduce tendon pain caused by calcific tendonitis. It can be performed for any area of calcific tendonitis but is most commonly performed for rotator cuff calcific tendonitis.


How is it performed?

Under direct ultrasound guidance the tendon is anesthetized with anesthetic. Then a needle is inserted into the ball of calcium in the tendon and using fluid pressure, the calcium is gently removed. You will likely be asked to immobilize the limb for 5-7 days after and then slowly increase activity guided by symptoms.


What is the success rate of Barbottage?

Studies on barbotage show about an 85% success rate for calcific tendonitis of the shoulder. Other sites have less research to provide clear success rate data.

Who is a candidate for Barbottage?

If you have had an appropriate evaluation and work up and it is determined that calcific tendonitis is the source of your pain and you wish to avoid surgery or mobilization under anesthesia then you may be a candidate.

Who is NOT a candidate for Barbottage?

You are not a candidate if you have a full thickness tendon tear, are allergic to anesthetic or are < 6 months post surgery in the same region.

What is the cost of Barbottage?

A full catalogue of prices for all procedures we perform can be found HERE 

How do I schedule Barbottage?

Please schedule a telehealth or in person consultation to review your case and determine if you are a candidate prior to booking the procedure. You can schedule your consult HERE