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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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Some investigators suggest acromioplasty as only a treatment for calcific tendinopathy, or as an important procedure for deposit removal.
The changes are permanent and an acromioplasty is needed more often than not for treatment.
Heterotopic ossification after acromioplasty and distal clavicle resection.
Arthroscopic acromioplasty was preformed with resection of bone to remove the anterior acromial tip.
If symptoms persist after three to six months of nonoperative treatment, arthroscopic acromioplasty may be indicated.
Joseph Iannotti -- Chairman of the Orthopedic and Rheumatologic Institute, will discuss 'In 2007 is there a Role for Open Acromioplasty and Rotator Cuff Repair' and 'Shoulder Replacement for Trauma' at the Orthopaedics Congress on Tuesday, January 29th.
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.