What is shoulder acromioplasty or subacromial decompression?
Shoulder acromioplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to relieve shoulder pain associated with subacromial impingement or rotator cuff disease. The acromion is part of the scapula (shoulder blade) and is the “roof” of the shoulder that protects the rotator cuff. Impingement syndrome is characterized by a lack of space between the rotator cuff and acromion process. This lack of space causes the rotator cuff tendon to rub on the undersurface of the acromion. Acromioplasty involves shaving away part of the acromion to create space. This additional space relieves pressure on the rotator cuff upon shoulder movement. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic shoulder surgeon, serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, New York City, NY and surrounding areas, has extensive experience in performing shoulder acromioplasty and other shoulder procedures.