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What is the difference between a rotator cuff repair and acromnioplasty?
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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Shoulder
A rotator cuff repair is a fixation of a torn tendon.
An acromioplasty is the shaving of a bone spur which maybe impinging on the rotator cuff. This also provides more room for the rotator cuff to function.

In brief: Shoulder
A rotator cuff repair is a fixation of a torn tendon.
An acromioplasty is the shaving of a bone spur which maybe impinging on the rotator cuff. This also provides more room for the rotator cuff to function.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Dr. Gregory Harvey
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Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Different parts
An acromioplasty is when bone on the acromion, which is above the rotator cuff, is shaved down.
This is typically done if there is a large bone spur coming off the acromion. The rotator cuff attaches to the humerus, and the muscles of the rotator cuff pull on the cuff to elevate the shoulder. If the cuff is torn, it is repaired back to the humerus.

In brief: Different parts
An acromioplasty is when bone on the acromion, which is above the rotator cuff, is shaved down.
This is typically done if there is a large bone spur coming off the acromion. The rotator cuff attaches to the humerus, and the muscles of the rotator cuff pull on the cuff to elevate the shoulder. If the cuff is torn, it is repaired back to the humerus.
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Repair vs clean-up
A rotator cuff repair involves finding the torn end of the rotator cuff and securing it to the bone.
An acromioplasty involves removing bone spurs from the acromion. Both procedures are commonly done together if the rotator cuff is torn. Inflamed and hypertrophic bursal tissue is also removed with both procedures.

In brief: Repair vs clean-up
A rotator cuff repair involves finding the torn end of the rotator cuff and securing it to the bone.
An acromioplasty involves removing bone spurs from the acromion. Both procedures are commonly done together if the rotator cuff is torn. Inflamed and hypertrophic bursal tissue is also removed with both procedures.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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