Dr. P.H Laubscher, Orthopaedic surgeon

Dr. P.H Laubscher, Orthopaedic surgeon in Johannesburg

Acromioplasty surgery overview

This procedure is performed for patients suffering from Impingement Syndrome. The inflammation in the shoulder is caused by the acromion “pinching” the rotator cuff with arm elevation. During the procedure the undersurface of the acromion is burred away to increase the subacromial space. In cases where a rotator cuff tear needs to be repaired an acromioplasty is also performed routinely. This allows the surgeon space to perform the repair but also prevents future pinching causing the tendon to rupture again.

Procedure duration:

As a stand alone procedure, is only 30 minutes. 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.