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Shoulder arthroscopy

Arthroscopy of the ShoulderWhat is an arthroscopy of the shoulder?

An arthroscopy (also called keyhole surgery) allows your surgeon to see inside your shoulder using a camera inserted through small cuts in the skin. They should be able to treat some problems using surgical instruments.

What are the benefits of surgery?

The main benefit of surgery is to confirm exactly what the problem is and, in many cases, to treat the problem at the same time.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

Problems inside a joint can often be diagnosed using tests such as CT and MRI scans. However, you may then need an arthroscopy to treat the problem.

What does the operation involve?

The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes about forty minutes.

Your surgeon will usually make about two to four small cuts around the joint. They will place a small telescope through one of the cuts so they can examine the joint. They will place surgical instruments through the other cuts if they need to treat any problems with the joint (see figure 1).

What complications can happen?

General complications

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Unsightly scarring

Specific complications

  • Bleeding into the joint
  • Infection in the joint
  • Severe pain, stiffness and loss of use of the arm and hand (complex regional pain syndrome)
  • Damage to nerves
  • Blood clot in the axillary vein near your armpit

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day.

Your physiotherapist may give you exercises and advice to help you to recover from the operation. It can take up to three months to get back to normal activities.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Most people have a major improvement. However, it does take time for pain to lessen and movement to increase. Symptoms often come back with time.

Summary

An arthroscopy of the shoulder allows your surgeon to diagnose and treat problems affecting the joint, without the need for a large cut in the skin. This may reduce the amount of pain you feel and speed up your recovery after surgery.

This procedure is available to NHS, self funding and privately insured patients at The Horder Centre. Finance options available.

Guide price for self pay patients

Arthroscopic sub-acromial decompression and excision of distal clavical

  Consultation Diagnostics Treatment Care after discharge
Hospital costs Included £350 £3550 Included
Consultant costs £220 Included Included Included
Estimated total cost £4120
Estimated length of stay 1 night

The guide price is correct as of 2nd March 2017

What's included

The prices in the table above (the “Guide Prices”) show what most patients should expect to pay at each appointment and on admission to hospital. The Guide Prices you pay might be different depending on your medical history and the type of implant you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you. Your price quotation will be made clear to you before you proceed with any tests, consultations or treatment.

For more information please contact our Private Patient Pathway Manager on 01892 620934 or email pp@horder.co.uk for a personalised quote and further details on procedures available.

Acknowledgements

Your medical history

  • The type of implant you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you

Your price quotation will be made clear to you before you proceed with any tests, consultations or treatment.

Acknowledgements

Author: Prof. Lennard Funk MSc FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)
Illustrations: Medical illustration Copyright ©medical-artist.com

 

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Issued June 2017 | Expires end of May 2018

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