DISTAL CLAVICLE EXCISION
This surgery treats a painful pinching in the shoulder's acromioclavicular joint. It fixes the space between your clavicle (that's your collarbone) and your shoulder blade bone. This surgery removes the end of the clavicle.
To begin, we give you medicine to make you feel relaxed and numb. You may be put to sleep. We make some small openings in your skin. One is for a video camera device called an "arthroscope." It lets us see inside your shoulder. The others are for tiny instruments.
Now we carefully remove the end of the clavicle. This makes more space for soft tissues. It stops the pinching. It relieves your pain.
End of procedure:
When it's done, your skin is closed and bandaged. After a period of healing, physical therapy will help strengthen your shoulder. Follow your care plan for a safe recovery.