We performed arthroscopic subacromial decompression in 30 patients (age 38 to 72) presenting clinical and instrumental signs of impingement, abiding by the principles described by Nee in 1972. Arthroscopic assessment of the shoulders pointed out several associated pathologies (SLAP lesions, full and partial thickness rotator cuff ruptures, calcific tendinitis, instability). SAD was performed arthroscopically. We didn't repair rotator cuff tears. Follow-up (min. 6 months, max 12 months) didn't show any major complication. Postoperative evaluation of the patients was based on pain, ROM and strenght. Results were very satisfactory and let us conclude that arthroscopic SAD represents an excellent tool for the treatment of impingement, preventing wrong diagnosis and improper approach to associated lesions.
|Translated title of the contribution||Subacromial impingement syndrome: Arthroscopic treatment|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Ortopedia e Traumatologia Oggi|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
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