Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used in the treatment of sports medicine injuries. It involves the use of a fiber-optic camera, which we place into a joint through a small incision in order to visualize ligaments, cartilage, and soft tissue. Through another small incision, we can then use small instruments to remove or repair broken or damaged tissue.
Shoulder arthroscopy with a subacromial decompression is surgery performed on patients with impingement syndrome of the shoulder. The acromium is a bone that rests on top of the rotator cuff, which can develop spurs that can irritate and abrade against the rotator cuff. This anatomy can narrow the subacromial space and cause pain and damage to the rotator cuff. Due to this narrowing, the rotator cuff is pinched against the undersurface of the AC joint and can cause tendonitis. This is a significant source of pain. Over time, chronic shoulder impingement can lead to degenerative rotator cuff tears.