Benefits of surgery are obvious: reversal of winging whether
partial or complete has the potential
to restore shoulder stability as well as strength.
In our series of patients, eighteen
of twenty-two (82%) decompressions and neurolyses resulted
in significant improvement of scapular winging. The
average time to improvement was 5 days, the range being 1
day to 3 months. In patients less than 10 years out from onset
of winging, 100% exhibited
measurable improvement in winging.
Pain was a common concurrent
condition (35%), and this was improved in 43% of those