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Arthroscopic Acromioplasty


Arthroscopic acromioplasty is a procedure used to smooth out a part of your scapula (shoulder blade) called the acromion. Healthcare providers will insert a scope to see inside your shoulder. A scope is a small, bendable tube with a camera on the end.



  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or surgeon as directed:

You may need to return to have your stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wear your sling:

The sling helps keep your arm from moving so your shoulder can heal. A small pillow attached to the sling will hold your arm slightly away from your body. This position decreases pressure and pain.

Apply ice:

Apply ice on your shoulder for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.

Wound care:

Care for your wound as directed. Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. If you have medical glue on your incisions, it will fall off on its own. Gently dry the area with a clean towel. If you have a bandage, dry the area and put on a new, clean bandage as directed. Change your bandage when it gets wet or dirty.

Go to physical therapy:

A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.

Ask about activity:

Ask your healthcare provider when you can return to work and your usual daily activities.

Contact your healthcare provider or surgeon if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have worse pain in your shoulder, even after you take medicine.
  • Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • Your arm or hand is numb or tingling.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You have severe pain.
  • Your incision comes open.
  • You cannot move your arm or hand.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.