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Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Private Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayrshire.

We see all types of shoulder and elbow injuries to the bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayrshire.

The hospital is easy to access and covers a substantial area of Scotland’s southwest. It’s a friendly place, and we understand the importance of a personal touch regarding your care.

With all injuries and conditions, you want immediate access to a specialist who can provide a diagnosis and offer treatment and a recovery plan so you can return to your normal activities. At BMI Carrick Glen Hospital, we can assure you of excellent care throughout your journey from friendly and helpful administration staff to the professional medical team and highly skilled consultants.

We specialise in minor procedures, including those requiring local anaesthetic. Should your consultant recommend treatment with a general anaesthetic or surgery with an overnight stay, this will occur at our sister hospital, BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. All treatments are under the same consultant.

Shoulder and elbow surgery is a medical specialism within orthopaedic surgery concerned with disorders and conditions involving bones, joints and soft tissue in the upper limbs.

Our Consultant Orthopaedic Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons treat many common shoulder problems at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital, from acute sports injuries such as dislocations while playing rugby to impingement from overuse or pain due to arthritis.

Overuse of the shoulder through repetition is common in sports such as badminton and weight-lifting and sudden impact injuries can cause instability, while fracturing the arm bone (humerus) is a typical result of falls in older people with osteoporosis.

Most elbow injuries that we see are acute breaks or ligament injuries and repetitive strain problems like tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. Other common conditions include elbow (olecranon) bursitis, when the fluid-filled sack on the tip of the elbow accumulates becomes inflamed, causing pain.

Surgery is not the only option for shoulder and elbow disorders. There are many non-surgical alternative treatments, including steroid injections, that your consultant orthopaedic shoulder and elbow surgeon may advise.

We see patients wishing to self-refer and those with a GP referral. Most of our diagnostics and treatments are covered by insurance companies, or you can choose to self-pay.

When you arrive, our friendly reception team will check you in and offer you tea or coffee. After a very short wait, your specialist orthopaedic shoulder and elbow consultant will take you to a private consulting room to discuss your problem.

We understand many patients are at the end of their rope, having tried physiotherapy, conservative measures or leaving it too long to see whether the pain and discomfort improves. That’s why appointment times are long enough for you to explain your problem in detail, so we can get a complete understanding to recommend an appropriate treatment plan as quickly as possible.

You can expect our shoulder and elbow specialists to put you at ease and explain your diagnosis and treatment plan clearly.

You’ll have a physical examination before your consultant decides what to do next (with your consent). The hospital has a radiology department where they may send you for an X-ray during your appointment. Your consultant may also recommend an ultrasound scan and physiotherapy, which they’ll arrange at the hospital at a later date.

Your consultant may require a detailed picture of your shoulder or elbow. They may also arrange for a CT (computerised tomography) or MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging) at our sister hospital, BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow.

Several upper limb conditions, including arthritis and tendonitis, respond well to anaesthetic injections for pain relief or steroid injections, which your consultant can administer at your initial consultation. The corticosteroids we use are medicines that resemble the hormones your body produces naturally to help reduce pain and inflammation.

Your consultant will arrange every treatment for you, such as physiotherapy with our in-house physiotherapists. They will also put a return appointment in the diary for a review with them to see how you’re getting on.

If you require a CT or MRI scan, BMI Ross Hall Hospital will contact you to arrange an appointment. If there’s a nerve component to your pain, as is common in carpal tunnel syndrome, your consultant may refer you to a consultant neurologist. Neurologists treat conditions of the brain and central nervous system.

The theatres at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital are set up to take day cases requiring local anaesthetic procedures and follow-up appointments and rehabilitation.

If physiotherapy and steroid injections fail, surgery may be the option. Procedures requiring local anaesthetic can occur at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital, and surgery requiring general anaesthetic, or an overnight stay take place at Ross Hall Hospital. Treatments include:

  • Rotator cuff surgery
  • Shoulder arthroscopy (keyhole surgery)
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow release (tendonitis of the elbow)
  • Elbow replacement

It’s frustrating when shoulder and elbow conditions put sportspeople out of action – you’ll want to get back to the golf course, tennis court or gym as soon as you can. The good news is that many problems can be resolved at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital using conservative measures, such as physiotherapy and limited use of steroids to alleviate pain.

Rotator cuff tears and impingement, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and bicep injuries all respond well to non-invasive treatment. If you’re still experiencing pain and discomfort after a few weeks of self-help, further advice and treatment may be appropriate.

Our experienced and skilled Consultant Orthopaedic Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons are experts at treating all kinds of problems from elbow dislocations to radial head fractures, as well as wear-and-tear conditions like arthritis of the shoulders.

If you have surgery, you’ll recover in a comfortable, private room at BMI Ross Hall Hospital and attend your follow-up appointments back at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital.

We’ll get you back to your favourite sport or everyday activities as quickly as possible, giving you access to diagnostics and treatment without the wait.

Specialists offering Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Mr Jonathan Dearing

Consultant Orthopaedic Knee & Sports Injuries Surgeon

BDS, FDSRCPS,MBChB(Hons), FRCS(Trauma and Orth), Dip SEM, MFSEM

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Mr Kenneth Cheng

Consultant Orthopaedic Upper Limb Surgeon

MD, MBChB, MRCSEd, FRCSEd (Trauma & Orth)

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