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AC Joint Repair

What is AC Joint Repair?

AC joint repair is a surgical procedure performed to repair damaged or torn ligaments and tendons of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint. Depending on the severity of the injury, the surgery can be done through tiny keyhole incisions arthroscopically, or as open surgery through a relatively larger skin incision. 

Anatomy of the AC Joint

The AC joint is situated at the end of the shoulder where the scapula (shoulder blade) and clavicle (collarbone) meet, at a position on the upper section of the scapula called the acromion. The joint is enveloped by a group of ligaments called acromioclavicular ligaments and supported by coracoclavicular ligaments that attach the collarbone with the front portion of the shoulder blade (coracoid process). The AC joint enables motion between the scapula and the clavicle as you move your shoulder.

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