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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.
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(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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(1.) Odenbring S, Wagner P, Atroshi L Long-term outcomes of arthroscopic acromioplasty of chronic shoulder impingement syndrome: a prospective cohort study widi a minimum of 12 years' follow-up.
If needed, an acromioplasty and distal clavicle excision is preformed.
Prior to becoming a candidate for a procedure like this the patient has been through previous surgeries, such as arthroscopic debridement, acromioplasty with or without rotator cuff repair, physical therapy, multiple steroid injections and a lot of ice and Motrin after playing handball.
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.
Some investigators suggest acromioplasty as only a treatment for calcific tendinopathy, or as an important procedure for deposit removal.
arthroscopic acromioplasty: a prospective, randomized study.
Arthroscopic acromioplasty was preformed with resection of bone to remove the anterior acromial tip.
The study was comprised of three groups: resection, ORIF, and acromioplasty. The acromioplasty group consisted of both open and arthroscopically treated patients.
If symptoms persist after three to six months of nonoperative treatment, arthroscopic acromioplasty may be indicated.
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.G.).