Shoulder Surgery

Here at Winfield Hospital our specialist orthopaedic surgeons offer rapid diagnosis and treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions affecting the shoulder. Your shoulder is made up of three bones, a number of muscles, ligaments and tendons and nerves. Shoulder pain can be caused by injury or impairment to any of these tissues due to wear and tear, for example osteoarthritis.

Shoulder surgeons are supported by orthopaedic trained nursing staff, consultant anaesthetists and radiologists and experienced physiotherapists.

When you visit Winfield Hospital for your shoulder pain, you’ll be offered investigative tests to help diagnose the problem. Non-surgical treatments are normally the first line of treatment but sometimes surgery is the most appropriate treatment option.

We offer a whole range of modern minimally invasive, arthroscopic techniques as well as shoulder replacements, revision surgery and complex reconstruction.

The range of shoulder surgeries we offer

Rotator cuff

Your rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that surround your shoulder joint and help to keep it stable. Overuse or injury can cause tears in the tendons and impingement. If your rotator cuff is damaged, you’ll suffer from pain and a lack of movement in your shoulder.

If you’ve a large rotator cuff tear or non-surgical treatments aren’t relieving your pain, then rotator cuff surgery will be recommended by your shoulder surgeon to repair the rotator tear.

If you’ve rotator cuff impingement, then rotator cuff surgery will remove a small amount of bone and damaged tendon from your shoulder to create more space and allow your joint to move freely.

Rotator cuff surgery can be carried out using arthroscopic surgery but sometimes open surgery is required. Physiotherapy will be recommended following surgery to aid your recovery.

Shoulder arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive (keyhole) technique, where a tiny camera and light source are inserted into your shoulder joint to look inside and diagnose damaged joint tissue, such as cartilage damage. The types of disorders that can be diagnosed with arthroscopy include tears, swelling, abnormal formations, detachments, loose fragments and arthritis.

If your orthopaedic surgeon decides treatment is required, they will insert small surgical instruments into your shoulder joint at the same time, to repair or remove any damaged tissue and release tight tendons or ligaments.

Common arthroscopic procedures include: rotator cuff repair, bone spur removal, repair or removal of the labrum, ligament repair and the removal of inflamed tissue or loose cartilage.

Total shoulder replacement

Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The top of your arm (humerus) fits into a socket (glenoid). Wear and tear due to arthritis or an injury can damage or erode the cartilage in your shoulder and cause severe pain and restricted movement in the shoulder.

Total shoulder replacement, also known as shoulder arthroplasty or shoulder joint replacement, involves replacing the ball with an artificial one and fitting a plastic surface on the socket so that your shoulder joint can move smoothly again.

Your surgeon might recommend a partial shoulder replacement (hemiarthroplasty) if only part of your shoulder joint needs replacing.

The following Consultants specialise in shoulder surgery at Winfield Hospital

Mr Ewan Bigsby

Mr Daniel Engelke

Mr Chris Knudsen

Mr Noel Peter

Mr Vinay Takwale

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