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the lateral extension of the spine of the scapula, forming the highest point of the shoulder. adj., adj acro´mial.
 Posterior (dorsal) surface of the scapula, showing the acromion. From Dorland's, 2000.


A surgical reshaping of the acromion, frequently performed to remedy compression of the supraspinatus portion of the rotator cuff of the shoulder joint between the acromion and the greater tubercle of the humerus.


/acro·mio·plas·ty/ (ah-kro´me-o-plas″te) surgical removal of the anterior hook of the acromion to relieve mechanical compression of the rotator cuff during movement of the glenohumeral joint.


(ă-krō′mē-ō-plas″tē) [acromion + -plasty]
The surgical removal of the distal inferior acromion process of the scapula to relieve impingement of soft tissues in the subacromial space, esp. the supraspinatus tendon. This is usually performed with release of the coracoacromial ligament, arthroscopically or through open incision.
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Few studies have investigated the effectiveness of acromioplasty alone for the treatment of intratendinous tears.
The changes are permanent and an acromioplasty is needed more often than not for treatment.
A 6-month trial of conservative treatment is recommended prior to the surgical option of an acromioplasty.
A counter-argument is that many patients have asymptomatic tears and there are several studies where good results have been achieved when an acromioplasty has been performed without a rotator cuff repair.
Some investigators suggest acromioplasty as only a treatment for calcific tendinopathy, or as an important procedure for deposit removal.
Arthroscopic acromioplasty was preformed with resection of bone to remove the anterior acromial tip.
The acromioplasty group consisted of both open and arthroscopically treated patients.
Neer CS: Anterior acromioplasty for the chronic impingement syndrome.
During surgery, a technique comprising anterior acromioplasty, subacromial decompression, reconstruction of the torn cuff with the long head of biceps tendon and biceps tenodesis was applied by one of us (O.
Anteroinferior acromioplasty and resection of the bursal tissue were performed in all patients and combined with a resection of the inferior acromioclavicular osteophytes.