What is AC joint debridement?

What is AC joint debridement?

The technique of direct AC joint arthroscopy and debridement involves anterior and posterior portals, with direct visualization and debridement of pathology within the AC joint, in particular the meniscus. Follow-up of 14 patients with this procedure demonstrated satisfactory relief of pain in 11 patients.

How long is recovery from shoulder debridement?

Debridement or decompression (i.e. cleanup or “rotor-rooter’) type surgeries of the shoulder can take roughly 8-12 weeks to return to full age appropriate activities. It can be 16-36 weeks for a full recovery from a decompression surgery.

Is shoulder debridement painful?

When you awaken in the recovery room following arthroscopic debridement, your shoulder usually is wrapped in gauze, immobilized in a sling, and covered with an ice pack. You may feel a moderate amount of pain, depending on the severity of the rotator cuff tear.

What is shoulder debridement?

Debridement involves removing loose fragments of tendon, thickened bursa, and other debris from around the shoulder joint. By clearing damaged tissue from the region of the shoulder joint, it helps the doctor to see the extent of the injury and determine whether you need more surgery.

Is the debridement performed on the same shoulder?

Per NCCI guidelines, the debridement (29823) is considered included in the primary procedure when performed on the same shoulder. The acromion is a bony process on the shoulder blade that extends toward the shoulder joint. It is a continuation of the scapular spine, and together with the collarbone, it forms the acromioclavicular joint.

How is subacromial decompression done in ACJ excision?

An Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression (ASD) is often done as part of the procedure as Subacromial Impingement is often coexistent. Below is the procedure: The shaver is inserted from the front of the AC Joint and the worn surfaces of the joint removed completely

How is the decompression of the shoulder done?

Surgical. Arthroscopic subacromial decompression requires at least two 5mm incisions. The arthroscope is introduced through the skin and deltoid muscle to enter the shoulder joint. Once in the joint, a methodical inspection of the tissues is performed looking for tears in ligaments, muscles and tendons.

When does shoulder pain go away after ACJ excision?

By this stage you should have almost full range of movement although there will probably be discomfort when moving the arm above the head and when lying directly on your shoulder. At three months after your surgery your symptoms should be approximately 80% better and you will continue to improve for up to a year following the procedure.