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Arthroscopic Acromioplasty

Arthroscopic acromioplasty, as the name suggests, involves the acromion. Acromion is a bone that is triangular in shape and is present in both shoulders. When your bone and tendon comes in contact with each other, a friction develops between them and this friction can lead to an excruciating pain. So, an arthroscopic acromioplasty is implemented in such situations to give you relief from the pain. The surgery involves removal of a tiny structure from the affected region so that you do not feel any pain or the friction does not occur.

Now, to understand what the surgery is, you must have a slight knowledge about the anatomy of your shoulder. The acromion is a bone that is attached to your shoulder blade. This bone is extends in length towards your shoulder joint. The acromion and the collar bone together form a single structure which is known as the acromioclavicular joint. This joint is connected to the scapular spine as well. Due to overuse or other factors, the acromion’s surface may get damaged and thus, the tendons and bones rub against each other which leads to pain and other symptoms. That is when you need to undergo an arthroscopic acromioplasty.

Who Is A Right Candidate For Arthroscopic Acromioplasty?

If you are not sure whether you should undergo arthroscopic acromioplasty or not then you should come to our clinic, and our doctors will advise you along the right path. Rotator cuff muscles of shoulder muscles pass through a space under the acromian and sometimes this area becomes narrow due to some bony hook or keel, then an arthroscopic acromioplasty will be advised to you.


This condition is usually common in males who are above the age of 35. If you are facing symptoms of pain and swelling around your shoulder joint, then you should consult your doctor at once and he will be able to tell you whether you need an arthroscopic aromioplasty or not. A loss of strength on the bones and compromised motion in the shoulder joint are some of the symptoms that you should look for. Some people also complain of a catching sound in their shoulder when they attempt for movement. This sound denotes that there is some problem with your shoulder joint.

What is the Procedure of Arthroscopic Acromioplasty?

  • At first you will be administered with anesthesia to avoid any discomfort.
  • Then small incisions are made at the shoulder joint. One of these incisions is used to insert a small camera like instrument, called arthroscope, into your affected region. This instrument will conjure images of the injured region on a monitor kept in the room.
  • Some fibers are detached from the affected area so that the surgeons can easily access the acromion.
  • Then necessary steps are taken by the surgeon to reduce the size of the acromion.
  • After the surgery is completed, the incisions are sutured up.

During this surgery, if you have experienced a SLAP tear or a rotator cuff tear, then they are identified as well and are repaired. A proper rehabilitation program will be advised for quick recovery.




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