Remove some of the fluid with a needle

Your surgeon can draw some of the fluid out with a needle. The needle can also be used to inject medication (e.g. corticosteroid).

About 90 of 100 people have (temporarily) less fluid.2 But it’s not clear if removing some fluid with a needle will actually make the bursitis go away faster.

Population: 90%


  • Drawing out some fluid can confirm there is no infection.


  • The fluid often returns, at least temporarily.
  • Complications:
    • Small chance the needle hole will drain fluid for a long time.
    • As many as 10 of 100 people get an infection after a shot.
      Population: 8%
    • Steroids can affect the skin and increase the risk for problems.3