Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder Surgery

Park Hill Hospital offers a range of orthopaedic surgeries ranging from shoulder surgery to knee surgery. We offer a variety of different procedures to ease your pain and to suit you and your needs.

The shoulder is a particularly complex area of the body formulated by a series of joints, bones, ligaments and muscles. It is one of the most flexible parts of your body.

Your shoulder is made up of three core bones – the upper-arm bone (humerus), the collarbone (clavicle) and the shoulder blade (scapula). These bones are easily subjected to injury or arthritis and surgery may be necessary to ease discomfort.

Alongside your bones there are important joints that allow your body to make movements such as moving your arms up and down as well as rotation. The most influential joint is the glenohumeral joint followed by the acromioclavicular (AC) and sternoclavicular joints.

There are a variety of non-surgical options such as the frequent use of painkillers and a treatment plan made by a physiotherapist. However, if you are finding these methods of treatment unable to ease your discomfort - surgery may be the best option to ease your pain.

Shoulder Surgeries Available

Shoulder Arthroscopy

In order to formulate a diagnosis to your condition a surgeon may need to perform an operation called an arthroscopy. This incorporates the use of an arthroscope (small camera) inserted into a small incision, in order to inspect the shoulder joint. The surgeon will then analyse the damage to form a diagnosis and in some cases (e.g. tissue repair) they are able to treat the problem.

This procedure is minimally invasive.

Rotator Cuff Tear Surgery

The rotator cuff is made up of four core muscles. They work to stabilise and support movement within the shoulder and into your arm. Strains and tears are common with the rotator cuff, causing pain and discomfort, giving you great difficulty in placing your arm behind your back.

If you have been subjected to an injury to the rotator cuff e.g. through sport, overuse or aging, surgery may be the course of action to take to reduce your pain.

Rotator cuff surgery normally takes place in 45 minutes and is performed under general anaesthetic. This surgery is performed as a keyhole surgery, where the surgeon goes about removing thickened tissue and releasing tight tissue where required. However, if you have been subjected to a larger tear, open surgery is necessary.

Total Shoulder Replacement

A total shoulder replacement takes place when the shoulder becomes damaged and has worn away either through arthritis or injury.

If arthritis is present in the shoulder joint this can prove particularly sore as the cartilage that prevents your bones from grinding together has worn away. This makes the shoulder joint particularly stiff and painful.

This operation involves the replacement of the ball (head of the humerus) with an artificial replacement e.g. made out of metal. In more extreme cases the whole of the ball socket may need to be removed and replaced.

Here at Park Hill Hospital we give the patient a variety of options when it comes to shoulder surgery. Our team of specialists are always on hand to guide you on the most suitable surgery for you.

Our Consultants

We are very proud to be working alongside some excellent Orthopeadics Shoulder consultants who are highly respected in their speciality and come highly recommended by previous patients.

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