Dr Heckroodt Laubscher

Specialist Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeon

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 in elevation. During the procedure the undersurface of the acromion is burred away to increase the sub-acromial space. In cases where a rotator cuff tear needs to be repaired an acromioplasty is also performed routinely. This provides an increase space for the surgical repair and prevents future pinching that causes the tendon to re-rupture.

Procedure duration:
As a stand alone procedure, is around 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 immobiliser) for 2 weeks whereafter rehabilitation (under physiotherapy guidance) may commence. Driving is not recommended during this period.
Complete recovery usually occurs at between 6 weeks and 3 months.