Dr. P.H Laubscher, Orthopaedic surgeon

Dr. P.H Laubscher, Orthopaedic surgeon in Johannesburg

AC (Acromioclavicular) joint excision procedure

This procedure is often performed in conjunction with an acromioplasty or rotator cuff repair. The AC joint arthritis (with its associated osteophytes) can contribute to the development of Impingement Syndrome. This arthritis can also contribute to the development of rotator cuff tears. During the procedure the lateral end of the clavicle is removed. This prevents further pain due to arthritic bony contact but also removes the associated osteophytes.

Procedure duration:

Together with an acromioplasty is only 45minutes. Two puncture wounds are made in the shoulder for the camera and arthroscopic burr.


Post operative:

Rehabilitation entails the wearing of a sling (shoulder immobilizer) for 2 weeks whereafter rehabilitation (under physiotherapy guidance) can commence. Driving is not recommended during this period.
Complete recovery useally occurs at between 6 weeks and 3 months.