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ISRN Surgery
Volume 2012, Article ID 806843, 5 pages
Clinical Study

Outcomes of Open Subacromial Decompression after Failed Arthroscopic Acromioplasty

1Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, The University of Adelaide, Woodville, SA 5011, Australia
2Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Cairns Base Hospital, Queensland QLD, Australia
3Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Dumfries DG1 4AP, UK

Received 23 January 2012; Accepted 23 February 2012

Academic Editor: H. Uemura

Copyright © 2012 Anand Pillai et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aim. To prospectively assess the effectiveness of revision with open subacromial decompression in patients who had a previous unsatisfactory outcome with the arthroscopic procedure. Methods. 11 patients were identified for the study, who did not demonstrate expected improvement in symptoms after arthroscopic acromioplasty. All patients underwent structured rehabilitation. Functional evaluation was conducted using the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, shoulder rating questionnaire. Results. M : F was 7 : 4. The mean age was 57 years. The average shoulder score improved from 49.6 preoperatively to 56 postoperatively at an average followup of 16 months. Two patients showed deterioration in their shoulder scores after revision while the rest showed only marginal improvement. All except one patient stated that they would opt for surgery again if given a second chance. Conclusion. In the group of patients that fail to benefit from the arthroscopic decompression, only a marginal improvement was noted after revision with open decompression.