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What is rotator cuff repair and acromnioplasty?
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Dr. Thomas Kennedy
Orthopedic Surgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: Surgery
Rotator cuff repair is simply the surgical repair of a torn rotator cuff tendon and acromioplasty refers to surgical removal of a portion of the acromion (an inferior prominence of the anterior acromion) to create more room for the rotator cuff.

In brief: Surgery
Rotator cuff repair is simply the surgical repair of a torn rotator cuff tendon and acromioplasty refers to surgical removal of a portion of the acromion (an inferior prominence of the anterior acromion) to create more room for the rotator cuff.
Dr. Thomas Kennedy
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Repair and remodel
Rotator cuff disease involves the tendon, bursa and bone.
The final stage in the process is tearing of the rotator cuff tendon. In order to repair the tendon and prevent further damage, all three must be addressed. The inflamed bursa is removed to identify and mobilize the torn rotator cuff tendon, which is secured to the bone (repair) and excess bone/spurs are removed (acromioplasty).

In brief: Repair and remodel
Rotator cuff disease involves the tendon, bursa and bone.
The final stage in the process is tearing of the rotator cuff tendon. In order to repair the tendon and prevent further damage, all three must be addressed. The inflamed bursa is removed to identify and mobilize the torn rotator cuff tendon, which is secured to the bone (repair) and excess bone/spurs are removed (acromioplasty).
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Scott Wenger
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Shoulder Surgeries
Both of these are shoulder surgical procedures.
A rotator cuff repair is a procedure performed to re-attach or repair one or more of the four rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder. An acromioplasty is a procedure in which the undersurface of the acromion (a part of the scapula) is resected to minimize contact on the underlying rotator cuff. These procedures may be performed arthroscopically.

In brief: Shoulder Surgeries
Both of these are shoulder surgical procedures.
A rotator cuff repair is a procedure performed to re-attach or repair one or more of the four rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder. An acromioplasty is a procedure in which the undersurface of the acromion (a part of the scapula) is resected to minimize contact on the underlying rotator cuff. These procedures may be performed arthroscopically.
Dr. Scott Wenger
Dr. Scott Wenger
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Dr. Allen Lu
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Short answer
A rotator cuff repair takes the torn tendon and reattaches it to the bone.
An acromioplasty involves reshaping the shoulder blade bone above the shoulder to either create more space or to remove bone spurs. An acromioplasty is not always necessary or recommended. A better longer answer can be found here: http://orthoinfo.Aaos.Org/topic.Cfm?Topic=a00406.

In brief: Short answer
A rotator cuff repair takes the torn tendon and reattaches it to the bone.
An acromioplasty involves reshaping the shoulder blade bone above the shoulder to either create more space or to remove bone spurs. An acromioplasty is not always necessary or recommended. A better longer answer can be found here: http://orthoinfo.Aaos.Org/topic.Cfm?Topic=a00406.
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu
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