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Arthroscopy Techniques


Acromioclavicular joint injuries are a common shoulder injury encountered by orthopaedic surgeons. Many different surgical techniques have been described for the operative treatment of these injuries with no single, clear gold standard technique on which surgeons agree. Among the most common complications after surgical management of acromioclavicular injuries are loss of reduction, infection, fracture of clavicle or coracoid, and need for reoperation. We propose an arthroscopic-assisted, tunnel-free surgical technique using a tibialis anterior allograft combined with a FiberTape Cerclage (Arthrex, Naples, FL) to manage both acute and chronic acromioclavicular joint injuries. No bony tunnels are drilled and no hardware is implanted, which should obviate the risk for subsequent bony failure through a fracture, nor require subsequent hardware removal. In addition, the combination of suspensory and allograft fixation should impart sufficient stability to maintain an adequate reduction even in the face of failure of one of the fixation methods.

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