Results of arthroscopic acromioplasty for chronic rotator cuff lesion

Published online: Dec 27 2004

Tom DE BAERE, Jean-Emile DUBUC, Daniel JORIS, Christian DELLOYE

From Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium


The influence of acromioplasty in long standing rotator cuff deficiency with intractable pain was retrospectively evaluated in a consecutive series of 13 patients who were followed for a mean period of 19 months (range, 12 to 42 months) after arthroscopic acromioplasty. The Constant score improved from 59.3 (range, 39.9 to 90.3) preoperatively to 98.7 (69.1 to 122.7) postoperatively. Pain and motion improved significantly whereas strength did not improve. Arthroscopic acromioplasty in painful chronic rotator cuff avulsion was found to be an effective means to control pain and improve motion ; it can be recommended when conservative treatment has failed.