Your shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint that’s made up of three bones, a number of muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and bursae. It’s the most flexible joint in your body. Your shoulder allows you to place and rotate your arm in many positions: in front and behind your body, above and to the side. Unfortunately, this flexibility can make your shoulder susceptible to injury and instability and shoulder pain may be caused by damage or injury to any of its components.
Our shoulder specialists have access to excellent diagnostic facilities to determine the cause of your shoulder pain as well as a comprehensive physiotherapy service to support the rehabilitation of our shoulder patients.
Here at New Hall Hospital we offer modern arthroscopic techniques for shoulder decompression, rotator cuff repair, frozen shoulder release and instability repairs as well as performing shoulder replacement and shoulder revision surgery. We also provide non-surgical treatments to treat many musculoskeletal conditions of the shoulder when medically appropriate.
The range of shoulder surgeries we offer
Rotator cuff surgery
The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons and muscles that surround your shoulder joint and allows the up, down, back, and forward or rotating movements of the shoulder.
Your rotator cuff can be torn or suffer from impingement.
A rotator cuff tear is a common injury. It can be due to an acute injury such as a fall or a chronic injury caused by repetitive motion or strain when the tendons become strained or torn. It can cause pain in the shoulder, pain that radiates down the arm, and limited mobility due to the pain. Rotator cuff repair surgery is normally performed using shoulder arthroscopy for large or complete tears or if non-surgical treatments such as injections and physiotherapy haven’t relieved the pain
Rotator cuff impingement is caused by overuse of the soft tissues of the shoulder and rotator cuff. The bone on top of your shoulder rubs against the rotator cuff tendon and causes the tendon to become inflamed, thickened, painful and worn. This results in pain, discomfort, and a burning or tingling sensation in the shoulder joint and overtime a limited range of motion.
Surgery for rotator cuff impingement is known as subacromial decompression. Bone and soft tissue are removed to widen the subacromial space in your shoulder so that the rotator cuff tendon is no longer rubbing against the bone above.
Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique whereby your orthopaedic surgeon will insert a small camera and light source into your shoulder joint so that they can look inside and diagnose your shoulder problem.
Once a diagnosis is made and if treatment can be performed arthroscopically, your surgeon will then insert the required small surgical instruments to perform the required surgical treatment. This might involve repairing or removing any damaged tissue and releasing tight tendons or ligaments.
Total shoulder replacement
Your shoulder joint has a protective surface of cartilage that can wear away over time or be damaged if you have arthritis or an injury. When the cartilage wears away or is damaged it can cause great pain and lead to restricted movement in your shoulder.
Total shoulder replacement is also called shoulder joint replacement or shoulder arthroplasty and involves replacing the ball of your shoulder joint with a prosthetic one and also fitting a new artificial surface on the socket to allow your shoulder joint to move smoothly again. A partial shoulder replacement or hemiarthroplasty might be recommended if only part of your shoulder joint needs replacing.
The following consultants specialise in shoulder surgery at New Hall hospital