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May 24, 1965

Acute Complete Acromioclavicular Separation: Report of 51 Cases

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, US Naval Hospital, San Diego, Calif. Dr. Baker is now a member of the Orthopedic Staff of the Putnam Memorial Hospital, Bennington, Vt.

JAMA. 1965;192(8):689-692. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080210033007

In 51 cases of acute complete acromioclavicular separation that occurred during the period 1959-1963 at a US Naval Hospital, a relatively simple surgical procedure was the preferred method of repair. The technique places threaded Kirschner wires across the acromioclavicular joint, along with a careful repair of the fascia and ligamentous tissues superior to the joint. The coracoclavicular ligaments are not exposed. The results of this technique have not been previously reported in a significant clinical series for evaluation. This procedure is believed to represent an adequate method of managing complete acromioclavicular separations.