Distal Clavicle Resection

Impingement syndrome and associated rotator cuff tears are commonly encountered shoulder problems. This condition is caused when the rotator cuff tendons rub the underside of the acromion bone. Chronic rubbing can lead to a weakening and even tearing of the rotator cuff. Symptoms include pain, weakness and loss of motion. Whether this procedure is done using a scope or through a small incision is dependent on the severity of the tear and the doctor’s preference. The method shown in these animations is with a scope.

Bursa Sac and Bone Spur Removal

A specialized surgical instrument is used to remove the inflamed and irritated bursa sac. A surgical bur is used to remove bone and bone spurs from the underside of the acromion and clavicle. More space is created for the rotator cuff tendons.

Creating Space

In the case of an arthritic AC joint some of the bone is removed from the end of the clavicle to create more space.

End of Procedure

Following the procedure, patients should expect to be in a sling for 5-7 days until the incisions are healed. Physical therapy may be recommended by your physician to restore motion and strength to your arm and shoulder. A full recovery may take 2-3 months.

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