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Coracoplasty: Indications, Techniques, and Outcomes

Martetschläger, Frank MD*,†; Rios, Daniel MD; Millett, Peter J. MD, MSc

Techniques in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery: December 2012 - Volume 13 - Issue 4 - p 177–181
doi: 10.1097/BTE.0b013e31825574ea
Invited Review Articles

Coracoplasty has become a more commonly performed surgical procedure, as coracoid impingement has become increasingly recognized as a cause of persistent anterior shoulder pain. Open and arthroscopic techniques have shown satisfactory results. This article will provide a current review about the indications and techniques for coracoplasy, including both arthroscopic and open techniques and the expected outcomes.

*Emergency Department, Clinic for Trauma Surgery, University Hospital Rechts der Isar, Munich Technical University, Ismaninger Strasse, Munich, Germany

The Steadman Clinic, West Meadow Drive, Vail, CO

This research was supported by the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution supported financially by private donations and corporate support from the following entities: Smith & Nephew Endoscopy, Arthrex, Arthrocare, Siemens, OrthoRehab, and Ossur Americas. This work was not supported directly by outside funding or grants. Peter J. Millett has received from a commercial entity something of value (exceeding the equivalent of US $500) not related to this manuscript or research from Arthrex. He is a consultant and receives payments from Arthrex and has stock options in Game Ready. The position of Frank Martetschläger at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute was supported by Arthrex. The other author, his immediate family, and any research foundations with which he is affiliated have not received any financial payments or other benefits from any commercial entity related to the subject of this article.

Reprints: Peter J. Millett, MD, MSc, The Steadman Clinic, 181 West Meadow Drive, CO 81657 (e-mail:

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