Arthroscopic acromioplasty: Current status

D. W. Altchek, E. W. Carson

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Impingement is a chronic syndrome characterized by microtrauma, which causes progressive injury to the rotator cuff tendon. In recent years, arthroscopic subacromial decompression/acromioplasty has been frequently used for the treatment of impingement syndrome and is quickly becoming the preferred surgical treatment when conservative modalities fail. Arthroscopic acromioplasty offers may benefits over open acromioplasty, including better cosmesis, lessened preoperative morbidity, a more complete intraoperative examination, and a hastened, early rehabilitation program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-168
Number of pages12
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

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