Acromioclavicular Joint Excision
What is an Acromioclavicular Joint Excision?
An acromioclavicular (AC) joint excision is a procedure that removes a piece of the collarbone along with a piece of the acromion bone where they join together at the shoulder. The aim of the operation is to reduce the pain associated with the AC joint by removing the joint entirely.
It is generally performed arthroscopically – that is, small incisions are made around the shoulder to allow access for a camera and specialised surgical instruments. This is otherwise known as keyhole, or minimally invasive, surgery.