Arthroscopic lateral clavicula resection

- removal of an arthrosis at the lateral clavicula-


arthroscopic lateral clavicle resection


What is an ac arthrosis ?
It´s a destruction of the joint at the lateral clavicula due to arthrosis. The lateral clavicula and the acromion are forming the so called ac joint ( acromioclavicular joint ). This is one of the most common joints of the human body where an arthrosis occurs ( e.g. even more than at the hip )
Besides such an arthrosis, the ac joint can be altered by overuse in bodybuilding even a rupture of the articular cartilage, within this joint, due to a trauma is possible.
This arthroscopic operative procedure is often combined with other endoscopic operations like acromioplasty or rotator cuff repair.


When will an ac arthrosis be operated ?
If non operative treatment failed and pain at the front or back as well as above the ac joint is still remaining, small incision - about 0.5 - 1 cm - are placed in front and at the back of the joint. An arthroscopic camera and shaver are positioned, using these portals. Step by step the bone and osteophytes as well as cysts are removed at the lateral clavicle. The video at the bottom of this page is showing this procedure.


Rehabilitation of an operated ac arthrosis:
The operation is performed on an outpatient basis or with a hospital stay for about 1 - 2 days. A splint is not used ( if the lateral clavicle is resected, only. Placing rotator cuff sutures, in a combined operation, if necessary, a splint is used ). You are allowed to use your shoulder / arm at once. You should rest a little bit in the first week after the operation. Skin suture is removed after 10 - 12 days.
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