The Priory HospitalPriory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 7UG Directions
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Fast, effective treatment for injuries and conditions of the shoulder
We use our shoulder constantly, more than we even realise, and so any pain or loss of movement in the joint can have a huge impact on daily life.
If you’re suffering from the effects of an old shoulder injury or are experiencing new and chronic pain, it’s essential to get your shoulder problem diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible. Not only does pain and stiffness limit what you can do physically, but without specialist intervention problems can escalate and quickly undermine your quality of life and general well-being. As you may well be aware, however, the usual route to treatment can be extremely lengthy.
At The Priory Hospital we can offer you rapid access to expert shoulder advice. We’re home to some of the UK’s leading specialists in upper limb conditions and you can normally see a shoulder consultant within days rather than weeks or months. This means you can be assessed and put on the right path to recovery, and to a life free from pain, in a fraction of the time.
Our Orthopaedic Consultants will only consider surgery after non-invasive treatments such as physiotherapy, pain relief medication and steroid injection therapy have all been exhausted.
At The Priory Hospital in Birmingham, Shoulder surgery is performed to treat many different problems, including:
Your Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Priory Hospital in Birmingham will also consider surgery if you have the following symptoms:
As the largest private hospital in Birmingham, our team of specialists offer expert and compassionate care to patients from Edgbaston, the West Midlands and further afield. Book your consultation with an Orthopaedic Specialist today by phoning our team on 0121 4402323.
You can have all these tests carried out at The Priory Hospital in our state-of-the-art imaging centre. Your consultant will explain what will happen during the tests and whether there’s anything you need to do to prepare for them. Once your tests are completed you’ll be booked in to see your consultant at their next available clinic.
At this appointment your specialist will usually recommend non-surgical treatment e.g. injections or physiotherapy as the best way to deal with your condition. Physiotherapy is often offered as a first course of treatment – then, if no significant improvement is seen, surgery may become an option.
Our highly qualified The Priory Hospital physiotherapists work closely with our consultants so that patients receive an optimum, tailored, rehabilitation plan. The new physiotherapy unit is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for the exclusive use of our patients so you will experience the highest quality of treatment - whether that’s to improve a condition or for post-operative rejuvenation.
If your condition is acute you will be booked in for surgery right away and you’ll receive full information about the risks of any procedures, as well as whether you’ll require any hospital stay.
Your consultant is well aware you’ll be keen to get back to work or return to the sporting activities you enjoy, so your recuperation period will also be discussed. Depending on the complexity of your surgery this could range from a few weeks to a few months.
Prior to your shoulder operation, you will need to attend a preoperative assessment, which may happen over the phone or you may be asked to come into our hospital. This is a general health screening where a Nurse will measure your pulse, blood pressure, weight and height to assess whether you are fit to have surgery.As well as attending a preoperative assessment, you will be asked to make a few lifestyle changes to your routine, depending on your health. If your body mass index (BMI) exceeds the normal range, your Orthopaedic Consultant will encourage you to lose ahead of your operation. Likewise, if you smoke, you will be guided to relevant support services to help you quit smoking. By making these lifestyle changes, you can minimise your risk of post-surgery complications.
The method that is used to perform your surgery will depend on the type of operation that you are advised to have. The most common shoulder operations we perform are:
If you are advised to have a shoulder replacement, this can be performed through open surgery. There are three main types of replacement operations that are offered at The Priory Hospital:
During partial shoulder replacement surgery, only the ball of your shoulder joint (the top of your humerus or upper arm bone) is removed and replaced with an artificial component.
But in a total shoulder replacement operation, both the ball and socket of your joint are removed and replaced with artificial components. Alternatively, reverse shoulder replacement surgery ‘reverses’ the position of your ball and socket by replacing the top of your humerus that forms the ball of your shoulder joint with a plastic socket and the socket in your scapula (shoulder blade) with a metal ball.
A shoulder arthroscopy is a keyhole operation that uses a few small incisions to pass an arthroscope (a thin tube containing a camera) into your shoulder. This allows your Orthopaedic Consultant to further investigate and, in some cases, treat your symptoms.
There are many procedures that can be performed during an arthroscopy, including shoulder decompression surgery, where the surface underneath your acromion in shaved to provide your rotator cuff tendon with more space to move or capsular release surgery, which is when the tightened lining of your joint is released to allow you to freely move your arm. An arthroscopy can also be used to repair a rotator cuff tear. This will involve reattaching the torn part of your rotor cuff tendon to top of your humerus (arm bone).
During your recovery at our hospital, a Physiotherapist will guide you through a series of exercises to help you move your shoulder. This could include elbow extension (straightening) exercises or shoulder rotations. Your Physiotherapist will also show how to put your sling on and take it off when showering, getting dressed and doing your exercises. The length of time that you will need to wear this sling will depend on your operation and your Orthopaedic Surgeon or Physiotherapist will inform you when you can stop wearing your sling.
If you have had an arthroscopy, you will be able to go home the same day or the following day. But if you have had a replacement operation, you will usually be discharged from our hospital in Birmingham after about one to two days.
After you have been discharged from our hospital, you will need to continue doing your recommended physiotherapy exercises throughout your recovery.
If your job is mostly sedentary (sitting down), you should be able to work after around six weeks. But if your profession involves heavy lifting or overhead movements, your return to work after shoulder surgery will take longer. This will vary depending on the operation that you have had.
Regardless of the surgery that you have had, you should only drive when your arm is no longer in a sling and you have complete control over your vehicle. It will usually take about six to eight weeks before you can drive again.
At six to eight weeks after your shoulder surgery, you can swim gentle modified strokes. But you will be advised to avoid freestyle swimming for at least 12 weeks (about 3 months). Your Consultant will discuss when you can return to other sports such as tennis, golf, or badminton at your follow-up appointment.
As with any operation, there are potential risks associated with shoulder surgery, including:
It is important to note that these prices are a guide price for patients that are paying for their treatment themselves. These prices do not include the cost of your initial consultation or aftercare. At The Priory Hospital in Birmingham, the final cost of your treatment will be confirmed in writing by your Consultant.
The cost of your treatment at The Priory Hospital in Birmingham can be paid using your private medical insurance or our payment plans, which allow you to pay for your treatment in monthly instalments spread across up to five years. For more information, please visit our payment options page.
At The Priory Hospital our aim is to help you feel well, stay active and enjoy a greatly enhanced quality of life.
From shoulder diagnostics to non-interventional and surgical treatment right the way through to rehabilitation patients all our patients receive considered attention at every stage of their care. So whether you’re an athlete striving to return to your sport or suffering from debilitating life-limiting shoulder pain our expert team will take care of you – so that you’re living pain-free life as soon as possible.