The role of acromioplasty for rotator cuff problems

Orthop Clin North Am. 2014 Apr;45(2):219-24. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2013.12.003. Epub 2014 Jan 16.


Acromioplasty is a well-described technique used throughout the wide spectrum of treatment options for shoulder impingement and rotator cuff pathology. Several randomized prospective studies have described clinical outcomes that are statistically similar when comparing patients undergoing rotator cuff repair either with or without concomitant acromioplasty. This article reviews the current evidence for use of acromioplasty in patients with subacromial impingement syndrome and during arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. Despite recently published studies, more long-term data, especially with regard to failure rates and return-to-surgery rates over time, are needed to better determine the role of acromioplasty.

Keywords: Acromioplasty; Impingement syndrome; Rotator cuff repair; Subacromial decompression.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acromion / surgery*
  • Arthroplasty*
  • Arthroscopy*
  • Humans
  • Rotator Cuff / surgery*
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries*
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome / surgery*