Arthroscopic Distal Clavicle Excision
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 distal clavicle excision is the term used to describe surgery done for patients with a painful acromioclavicular joint (AC joint). The collarbone (clavicle) meets with the tip of the shoulder blade (scapula) and forms the AC joint. In most patients, the AC joint has arthritis but is not painful. Sometimes this joint can become painful due to the arthritis. In order to alleviate the pain, the bone making up the AC joint is removed arthroscopically. This procedure is often done in conjunction with an arthroscopic subacromial decompression for treatment of shoulder impingement.