Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Shoulder replacement surgery, or shoulder ‘arthroplasty’ is required if damage to your shoulder over time makes pain and discomfort difficult to live with. As with hip replacement and knee replacement surgery, shoulder replacement surgery involves removing the damaged joint surfaces and replacing them with a prosthesis, usually made of metal or plastic.
Who is suitable for this procedure?
Shoulder replacement surgery is recommended for patients who have experienced long-term pain in their shoulder and have exhausted conventional treatments such as steroid injections and physiotherapy. It is the most common and successful operation for patients with osteoarthritis in their shoulder, a condition which stiffens the joints, restricts movement, resulting in shoulder pain.
How is shoulder replacement surgery performed?
During the procedure, the surgeon will separate the deltoid and pectoral muscle in order to access the shoulder in an area which will minimise nerve damage. The surgeon will then cut through one of the front rotator cuff muscles which covers the shoulder, enabling them to view the damaged area of the shoulder ball and socket. The arthritic section of the joint is then removed and replaced with the implant socket. The rotator cuff muscle is then closed and stitched, followed by the initial skin incision. This area is cleaned and a bandage is applied as a temporary dressing.
A total shoulder replacement usually takes between 60 – 90 minutes and is carried out under a general anaesthetic.
What is the recovery period?
Recovery from shoulder replacement surgery will usually take approximately 8 weeks, although the patient can use the whole arm, including the shoulder for light activity from roughly 6 weeks. For some though, it may be several months before they can return to more strenuous activities.
After about 3 months, most patients feel reasonably comfortable and have regained about half of the shouder’s normal motion, although it does usually incur some weakness. From 6 months on, most patients are pain free and have regained motion and strength to about two-thirds of the shoulder’s normal range. At approximately 1 year, 95% of shoulder replacement patients are pain free, with some experiencing more weather related aches and pains or discomfort due to over activity. There should be no limitations on strength, provided the deltoid and rotator cuff muscles are in good working order.
A shoulder replacement can wear out after time, so it is important to take good care of your shoulder and understand that proper and extensive post-operative rehabilitation is a key factor in achieving the maximum benefit of shoulder replacement surgery. However, if any discomfort does return, it is important to relay this to your Consultant in order to assess your shoulder and identify any underlying conditions.
At One Healthcare we can book you in to see a specialist Orthopaedic surgeon for an initial consultation, usually within 48 hours.
You can use your private medical insurance or pay for your Shoulder Replacement Surgery treatment. We offer competitive, fixed price packages as well as the ability to spread your cost with the option of 0% finance. If you are using your health insurance please do contact your insurer first for approval and let them know you’d like to be treated at One Hatfield Hospital.
Why One Hatfield
- Modern purpose-built hospital opened in December 2017
- Fast access to diagnostics including MRI, Xray and Ultrasound
- Private, spacious, en-suite rooms
- Specialist physiotherapy and nursing teams
- Little or no waiting time
- ‘Ultra clean air’ theatres
- Freshly prepared food
- Calm, dignified experience
Contact us and find out more
Contact our team to find out more information regarding private Shoulder Replacement Surgery or to book an initial consultation.
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Shoulder and Elbow Unit Pricing Guide at One Hatfield Hospital
This is a list of guide prices for some of common Shoulder and Elbow Unit treatments and procedures.
Table of procedures and fixed price self pay prices
|Follow Up Fee||£160|
Orthopaedics Pricing Guide at One Hatfield Hospital
This is a list of guide prices for some of common Orthopaedics treatments and procedures.
|Treatment||Guide Price||Monthly from|
|Carpal Tunnel Release - One Wrist||£2,200||£47.25|
|Cruciate Ligament Repair (ACL)||£5,463||£114.73|
|Multiple Knee Arthroscopy||£3,450||£72.46|
|Shoulder Surgery (Rotator Cuff Repair)||£5,750||£120.76|