Shoulder Arthroscopy

(Shoulder Surgery)

Summary

shoulder arthroscopy surgery is used to treat a damaged shoulder joint. A shoulder arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used both to diagnose and treat problems with the shoulder joints. An arthroscopy can be recommended to look at the inside of the shoulder joint if imaging tests have been performed and you have problems such as swelling or stiffness.

As well as allowing a surgeon to look inside a joint, an arthroscopy can also be used to treat a range of problems and conditions. During the arthroscopy your consultant may repair damaged cartilage or remove fragments of loose bone or cartilage. A shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure and such has a much faster recovery time than traditional open surgery.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see.

    For more information, call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

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  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    Shoulder surgery (including Bursa)

    Patient pathway Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post-discharge care Guide Price
    Hospital fees n\a £3,600 Included £3,600
    Guide price Nil £3,600 Nil £3,600
  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital.

    You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons:

    • The Consultant you choose 
    • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment
    • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you 
    • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you

    In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

A shoulder arthroscopy is a day case procedure that is carried out under local or general anaesthetic. During the procedure your consultant will look at your shoulder joint with a special telescope that allows him to directly look at your joint, the cartilage and bone. As an arthroscopy is carried out using keyhole surgery, where only small cuts are made in the skin. This gives the procedure some potential advantages over traditional, open surgery including:

  • reduced pain following the operation
  • quicker healing time
  • reduced risk of infection
  • can be performed as a day case procedure
  • faster recovery times

During the surgery your consultant will examine the inside of your shoulder and wash out any loose material caused by wear of the joint surfaces. It is usually possible for your consultant to also trim and repair a torn cartilage, or to remove any bone spurs, open the space above the rotator cuff, and remove the enlarged bursa without needing to make a larger cut.  Following surgery you will be able to go home on the same day. Your shoulder may be swollen for a few weeks but regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible.

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk

Our Consultants

  • Professor Bijayendra Singh

    FRCS (T&O) FRCS MS (Ortho) DNB (Ortho) PG Dip (Ortho)

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Elbow Replacement
    • Release of a Stiff Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shockwave Therapy
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Replacement (Total)
    • Wrist Arthroscopy
  • Mr Daniel Neen

    BSC (HONS), MB BS, MRCS, FRCS (TR & ORTH)

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Replacement (Total)
    • Wrist Arthroscopy
  • Mr Keith Borowsky

    MBBCh (Wits) FCS (SA) (Orth) MMed (Orth)

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Elbow Replacement
    • Release of a Stiff Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Replacement (Total)
    • Wrist Arthroscopy
  • Mr Jai Relwani

    MB BS FRCS (Tr&Orth) FRCSG MS (Orth) DNB (Orth)

    • Elbow Replacement
    • Release of a Stiff Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Replacement (Total)
  • Prof Amit Tolat

    Professor Amit Tolat

    MB BS MS FRCS (Glasg) MCh Orth (Liverpool) D.Orth FCPS Orth (II),  European Dipl Hand Surgery Dip. Orthop. Engin.Cardiff

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Elbow Replacement
    • Release of a Stiff Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Replacement (Total)
  • Mr David Rose

    • Elbow Replacement
    • Release of a Stiff Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Replacement (Total)
    • Wrist Arthroscopy
  • Dimitri Yanni Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Mr Dimitri Yanni

    MB,BS London – Guy’s, FRCS (England), FRCS (Edinburgh), FRCS (Orthopaedics)

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Elbow Replacement
    • Release of a Stiff Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Replacement (Total)
    • Wrist Arthroscopy