Shoulder and Elbow

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People with arthritis of the acromioclavicular joint may require the outer end (about 0.5 cm) of the clavicle removed to relieve pain. The joint lies above the shoulder joint and can be felt as a prominence on the top of the shoulder where the collar bone meets the shoulder blade.

This procedure is often combined with an acromioplasty as impingement or inflammation of the Rotator Cuff often co exists. The procedure can be carried out arthroscopically. The operation requires an overnight stay in hospital.

The surgeon and physiotherapist will see you in the morning and exercises will commence to help regain motion. The dressing may be change and you will be permitted to go home with a prescription for pain medication. Sling immobilisation is required for about a week.

A follow up appointment should be made to see the surgeon in his rooms in 2 weeks. Exercises should be carried out on a self directed basis 3-4 times per day. Most people are back to normal within 3 months and the surgery has a 90 per cent success rate.