Shoulder Surgery

At Clifton Park Hospital in Yorkshire we offer many orthopaedic treatments including shoulder surgery.

The shoulder is a complex area of the body made up of a combination of joints, bones, muscles and ligaments and is also one of the most flexible joints in your entire body.

There are three bones that make up the shoulder joint – collarbone (clavicle), upper-arm bone (humerus) and shoulder blade (scapula) – this area of the body can be prone to injury/arthritis meaning surgery may be required.

We are able to make several movements including moving our arms up and out of the body and also rotating, this is due to the shoulder having several joints – the major joint is the glenohumeral joint followed by the Acromioclavicular (AC) and Sternoclavicular joints.

If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder and are not responding to non-surgical treatments such as painkillers and physiotherapy, then you may need surgery. 

Your surgeon will discuss all the options of shoulder replacement surgeries available to you.

At Clifton Park hospital in York we have a team of experienced surgeons who will discuss and give you guidance on shoulder surgeries and the most suitable option for you.

Shoulder Arthroscopy

To make a diagnosis, your surgeon may need to perform a minimally invasive surgery so that they can examine the inside of the shoulder joint. During arthroscopy, the surgeon will insert a small light and camera connected to a thin metal tube (arthroscope) into a small incision to view the joint.

In some cases, your surgeon may also be able to treat the problem as well as diagnose during the procedure (e.g. tissue repair)

Rotator Cuff Tear Surgery

There are four muscles that make up the rotator cuff, which work to stabilise and support movement in the shoulder and into your arm. The rotator cuff can be prone to become strained or torn which can cause great discomfort and will give you difficulties placing your arm behind your back.

Whether through injury, overuse, damage or general aging in the rotator cuff, you may need surgery to reduce the pain and discomfort.

The surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes around 45 minutes. In this time the surgeon will work to both remove thickened tissue and release the tight tissue – this is treated by keyhole surgery. For larger tears open surgery may be required.

Total Shoulder Replacement

Total shoulder replacement is performed on shoulders that have become damaged or worn away – whether through arthritis or an injury.

Having arthritis in the shoulder joint means the cartilage that prevents your bones from rubbing together is worn away and soon becomes very sore and stiff.

Your surgeon will work to remove and replace the damaged ball (head of the humerus) with a metal ball to take its place. In some cases, the socket is also removed and replaced with an artificial socket.

Shoulder Decompression

Shoulder decompression is surgery to relieve shoulder pain caused by inflamed shoulder tendons called shoulder impingement.

Shoulder decompression, also known as subacromial decompression or acromioplasty, removes swollen and irritated soft tissues (bursa and ligaments) and bone spurs in your shoulder joint to widen the space around your rotator cuff tendons, known as the acromial space. This decompression surgery takes the pressure off your inflamed rotator cuff tendon so that it doesn't rub or catch on anything nearby.

Most orthopaedic surgeons will perform this procedure arthroscopically and is known as arthroscopic subacromial decompression (ASAD) or shoulder arthroscopic decompression.

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