Shoulder Surgery

The Berkshire Independent Hospital is proud to work in partnership with leading orthopaedic upper limb surgeons to provide our patients with the very best care in shoulder surgery. We are part of the Reading Shoulder Unit, an international centre of excellence.

Patients benefit from advanced diagnostic equipment providing rapid diagnosis and a fully equipped physiotherapy department for shoulder assessment and rehabilitation.

We provide exemplary treatment including arthroscopic surgery, rotator cuff repair, shoulder replacement and reconstructive surgery for many shoulder problems such as fractures, dislocations, sports injuries and arthritis.

The range of shoulder surgeries we offer

Rotator cuff surgery

The rotator cuff is the group of four muscles and their tendons that surround the shoulder joint. They help keep your shoulder joint stable and also help with shoulder joint movement. Rotator cuff injuries or disorders cause inflammation or damage to theses muscles or tendons and can be very painful. They are the most common cause of shoulder pain in the UK.

Treatment of a rotator cuff injury depends on the type of injury you have and how severe it is. If non-surgical treatments haven’t worked or if the tear is large, surgery will most likely be recommended.

Rotator cuff surgery creates more space for your rotator cuff to move freely. A small amount of the bone in your shoulder may be shaved off and damaged tendons and bursae (fluid-filled sacs found over joints and between tendons and bones) are also be removed. It’s normally performed by arthroscopic surgery, although you may need open surgery.

Shoulder arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery that allows your orthopaedic surgeon to see inside your shoulder joint and diagnose and treat your shoulder pain. A tiny camera is inserted inside your shoulder joint through small cuts in your skin.

Your shoulder surgeon may recommend a shoulder arthroscopy if your shoulder has been damaged by an injury such as a rotator cuff injury, through wear and tear if you have arthritis or certain health conditions.

If there’s any damage in your shoulder your surgeon will insert surgical instruments to repair it, remove any damaged tissue and release tight ligaments or tendons, to restore movement to your shoulder and reduce the pain.

Total shoulder replacement

The largest joint in your shoulder is a 'ball and socket'. Normally the ball at the top of your upper arm bone moves smoothly in the socket of your shoulder blade on a lining of cartilage. If the cartilage becomes damaged or worn away your bones will rub together causing pain and stiffness.

A shoulder replacement involves replacing your shoulder joint with an artificial one if it has been worn away or damaged by arthritis or injury. You may have a total shoulder replacement (shoulder arthroplasty) where both the socket and ball are replaced by artificial parts or, a partial shoulder replacement (hemiarthroplasty) where part of your shoulder joint is replaced. After shoulder replacement surgery you should regain normal movement in your shoulder and your pain will be reduced.

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