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Distal Clavicle Excision

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What Is A Distal Clavicle Excision?

A distal clavicle excision, also known as a distal clavicle resection or Mumford procedure, is a surgical procedure performed to treat certain conditions affecting the distal (outer) end of the clavicle, which is commonly referred to as the collarbone. This procedure involves the removal of a portion of the distal clavicle to alleviate pain and restore function.

Distal clavicle excision is typically performed for conditions such as acromioclavicular (AC) joint arthritis, AC joint osteolysis, or AC joint impingement. These conditions can cause pain, inflammation, and limited shoulder mobility, particularly during overhead activities.

During a distal clavicle excision, the surgeon typically makes a small incision over the distal end of the clavicle. The affected portion of the clavicle is identified and carefully removed using specialized instruments. The amount of clavicle removed may vary depending on the specific condition and the surgeon’s assessment.

The removal of the distal clavicle helps alleviate pain and reduces impingement or friction between the clavicle and adjacent structures, such as the acromion (part of the shoulder blade) or the shoulder joint capsule.

Following the procedure, rehabilitation and physical therapy are usually recommended to restore shoulder strength, flexibility, and function. The rehabilitation program may include exercises to improve range of motion, strengthen the shoulder muscles, and optimize the healing process.

Distal clavicle excision is considered a relatively safe procedure with a low risk of complications. However, as with any surgical procedure, potential risks and complications may include infection, bleeding, nerve or blood vessel damage, persistent pain, shoulder instability, or nonunion (failure of the bone to heal).

It is important to consult with an orthopedic surgeon to evaluate your specific condition and determine the most appropriate treatment approach, which may or may not involve a distal clavicle excision. The surgeon will consider various factors, including the extent of the condition, the presence of other shoulder pathology, and the patient’s individual circumstances, in order to provide a personalized treatment plan.


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