Procedure of the Shoulder
Shoulder joints are the most mobile joints in your body, giving your arms a large range of movement.
To achieve this range of movement the shoulder is shaped like a shallow ball & socket joint. However, being shallow means that it can be unstable. The shoulder joint relies on the surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments to keep it in a good position. Strain or damage to these tissues is common and can result in problems with shoulder movement. The shoulder may no longer operate smoothly- causing pain, stiffness and locking.
Common injuries include sprains, strains, dislocations, inflammation of tendons (tendonitis) and pressure relieving areas (bursitis). You may have been diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff, frozen shoulder, fracture or arthritis.
Some shoulder injuries can be treated initially using pain killers, rest, ice, compression and elevation. However, where there are longer-term problems with pain and movement, then surgery to this complex region may be necessary.
Dr Ben Hope is an orthopaedic surgeon with a specialist interest in shoulder surgery. His expertise is centred on the following procedures.
– Arthroscopic acromioplasty and shoulder arthroscopy »
– Manipulation of frozen »
– Rotator cuff repair »
– Shoulder replacement »
– Shoulder stabilisation
– Skin graft or flap procedure
– Tendon repair