Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression/Acromioplasty

This is used to treat subacromial impingement syndrome. This occurs when the tendons responsible for moving the shoulder become inflammed as they run through the shoulder joint. Symptoms commonly include pain in the shoulder and/or upper arm, usually brought on by activities where the hand is moving at positions away from the body. People also find it difficult to lie on the affected side at night and over time the symptoms may become severe enough to interfere with simple activities of daily living.

In cases where symptoms persist despite painkillers and physiotherapy, surgery can help relieve the pressure on the tendons and help reduce pain and make moving the shoulder more comfortable.

Arthroscopic subacromial decompression or acromioplasty is the procedure I offer to treat this condition and it involves removing excess bone and soft tissue within the shoulder to relieve pressure on the tendons.