Background: Many causes can lead to shoulder pain and subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS) is the most frequently recorded disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical effects of diminutive incision acromioplasty assisted with arthroscopy for the treatment of Chinese patients with subacromial impingement syndrome.
Subject and Methods: Twenty-two patients with 24-painful shoulders subacromial impingement syndrome were enrolled. All painful shoulders were in Grades II (8) and III (16) according to Neer’s classification. Detailed physical examination was performed. Conventional radiography and subsequent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the shoulder region of all patients were done. The University of California at Los Angeles Shoulder (UCLA) score system was used for all patients to evaluate their satisfaction after surgery. The preoperative recordings of the UCLA scores were collected and all enrolled cases including 24-painful shoulders were available for follow-up in 1, 3, 6, 12 months after surgery.
Results: According to the UCLA scoring system, the symptom of all painful shoulders were improved after one year postoperatively. The average score before surgery from 15.4 points increased to 31.2 points postoperatively, showing a statistical difference (p < 0.05).
Conclusions: A diminutive incision acromioplasty assisted with arthroscopy is a reliable approach to treat Chinese patients with subacromial impingement syndrome. All painful shoulders were obviously improved in one year after surgery.