Subacromial Decompression

  • Patrick W. Kane
  • Jonas Pogorzelski
  • Erik M. Fritz
  • Peter J. Millett


Subacromial impingement syndrome accounts for a large proportion of patients with shoulder pain. If thorough nonoperative treatment fails, subacromial decompression (SAD) with partial acromioplasty may help reduce mechanical impingement and optimize shoulder function in certain cases. Large acromial spurs have been shown to cause significant impingement and even bursal-sided tears of the underlying rotator cuff; therefore subacromial decompression may even prevent cuff tears.


Subacromial decompression Acromioplasty Bursectomy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick W. Kane
    • 1
  • Jonas Pogorzelski
    • 2
  • Erik M. Fritz
    • 3
  • Peter J. Millett
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryBeebe HealthcareLewesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic Sports MedicineTechnical University of MunichMunichGermany
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  4. 4.Shoulder, Knee, Elbow and Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic SurgeryThe Steadman ClinicVailUSA

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