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Acromioclavicular Resection: Direct “Superior” Approach

  • Suzanne L. Miller
  • Ken Shubin Stein
  • Evan L. Flatow

Abstract

Acromioclavicular (AC) joint pain is a common shoulder problem that can often be effectively treated by resecting the distal end of the clavicle.1–3 Because AC joint pathology often occurs in association with other shoulder disorders, resection not uncommonly accompanies other procedures.1,4 In cases of isolated AC joint pathology unresponsive to nonoperative treatment, open or arthroscopic techniques are both effective operative strategies. Quantitative comparisons have demonstrated that an adequate amount of bone resection can be achieved by either arthroscopic or open means.5,6 The direct “superior” and indirect “bursal” approaches are the two main options for arthroscopic AC joint resection.

Keywords

ACROMIOCLAVICULAR Joint Distal Clavicle Shoulder Disorder Superior Approach Arthroscopic Resection 
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Recommended Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suzanne L. Miller
  • Ken Shubin Stein
  • Evan L. Flatow

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