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AC Joint Surgery

As a fellowship trained sports medicine surgeon, Dr. Andrew Pearle has a special interest in treating both athletic and degenerative shoulder conditions. Dr. Pearle has been a team physician for the New York Mets organization for over a decade. Assisting in the care for hundreds of elite throwing athletes from both the major and minor league systems gives Dr. Pearle a unique perspective and expertise on shoulder injuries. Dr. Pearle performs all his surgeries at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the #1 ranked orthopedic center in the country.

The acromioclavicular joint (AC joint) is a small joint at the top of the shoulder. It is the junction between the acromion (the top of the shoulder blade) and the clavicle (the collar bone). The AC joint trauma often occurs in weightlifters and athletes, but can also result from simple wear and tear. When conservative treatment does not work, surgical resection of the end of the joint can be an excellent option.

Dr. Pearle feels strongly that patient education is essential for optimal outcome. The video above demonstrates the pathologic condition and surgical technique for Distal Clavicle Resection (treatment of the AC joint). If considering surgery, please view the animation. Please also read through the Frequently Asked Questions, Risks, and other related information on the section to the right.

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