Specialty Surgeon Complete Packaged Procedure for a Distal Clavicle Excision – Shoulder Arthroscopy. The most common procedure for AC joint osteoarthritis is resection arthroplasty. A Distal Clavicle Excision – Shoulder Arthroscopy involves removing a small portion of the end of the clavicle. This leaves a space between the acromion (the piece of the scapula that meets your shoulder) and the cut end of the clavicle, where the joint used to be. Your surgeon will take care not to remove too much of the end of the clavicle to prevent any damage to the ligaments holding the joint together. Usually only a small portion is removed, less than one cm (about three-eighths of an inch). As your body heals, the joint is replaced by scar tissue. Remember, the AC joint doesn’t move much, but it does need to be flexible. The scar tissue allows movement but stops the bone ends from rubbing together.
A Distal Clavicle Excision – Shoulder Arthroscopy procedure can be done in two ways. Today, it is more common to do this procedure using the arthroscope. An arthroscope is a slender tool with a tiny TV camera on the end. It lets the surgeon work in the joint through a very small incision. This may result in less damage to the normal tissues surrounding the joint, leading to faster healing and recovery.
Distal Clavicle Excision – Shoulder Arthroscopy treatment cost includes the facility fee, physician’s fee, bracing (if needed), cost of drugs and any related medical procedures required to administer the plan of care. Not included are diagnostic studies, Medication Prescription costs, consultations with additional specialists and cost of complication management; travel, food and lodging.