If there is continued pain and limited function at the AC joint, or an uncomfortable amount of pain associated with overhead activities (such as throwing, lifting and reaching), a minimally invasive procedure known as arthroscopic shoulder surgery for AC repair can be performed.
This is an exciting new technique that allows for the repair of acute or chronic shoulder separations (also known as “acriomioclavicular or AC dislocations”). The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and full range of motion is quickly re-established within days of the procedure. During this out-patient procedure (also called the “Mumford” procedure), the end of the collarbone (the clavicle) is removed through several tiny incisions. Once inside the shoulder, the clavicle is repaired and fixed back to its proper position. This technique is very successful for painful joints (weightlifters, arthritis, or minor separation).