Subacromial Decompression

What is a Subacromial Decompression?

Subacromial decompression, also known as anterior acromioplasty, is an operation that involves removing a small section of bone from the shoulder. The aim of the procedure is to increase the space for the rotator cuff tendons to glide.

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.

 

22 April, 2012