A simple and safe technique for reconstruction of the acromioclavicular joint.

Research paper by Paul R P PR Rushton, James M JM Gray, Tim T Cresswell

Indexed on: 06 Oct '10Published on: 06 Oct '10Published in: International journal of shoulder surgery


Surgical reconstruction of the dislocated acromioclavicular joint often requires exposure and instrumentation of the coracoid. This carries risks to the surrounding neurovascular structures. We present a safe and simple technique of primary fixation of the acromioclavicular joint, relying on mechanical principles and biological repair, without the need for metalwork. By avoiding the coracoid we hope this approach will appeal to the general orthopedic surgeon. We have found that this technique is suited to both acute and chronic acromioclavicular joint dislocation.