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Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression

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Phoenix, Arizona 85027
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A leading cause of damage to the rotator cuff is wear and tear. Anatomically speaking, after prolonged rubbing against the underside of the acromion bone, the top of the supraspinatus tendon becomes worn, and can tear.

To alleviate rubbing against the supraspinatus tendon, a technique called arthroscopic subacromial decompression can be quite helpful.

As the following introduction to arthroscopic subacromial decompression demonstrates, using a microscopic camera (called an arthroscope), an orthopedic surgeon will remove the far edge of the acromion bone, which creates room for the supraspinatus tendon to glide with surrounding muscles.

The orthopedics departments of John C. Lincoln Hospitals invite you to watch this overview of arthroscopic subacromial decompression.