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Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Expert assessment for your shoulder and elbow concerns 

Whether young or old, shoulder and elbow pain can develop at any stage of life. Experienced as pain, stiffness, or weakness, these issues can rapidly affect your daily routine, stopping you doing the things you love and making it difficult to get to sleep at night. 

As one of the largest joints in the body, it’s no surprise that a number of problems can occur in your shoulder. Thanks to the extensive diagnostic facilities at BMI The Cavell, our orthopaedic specialists can diagnose and treat shoulder conditions such as: 

• Arthritis in the joints around the shoulder 
• Stability issues in the ball-and-socket joint 
• Recurrent dislocations 
• Trauma/sports injuries 
• Rotator cuff (the four muscles supporting the shoulder blade/scapula) tendon tears 
• Frozen Shoulder (stiffness and pain) 

Conditions affecting your elbow can be equally debilitating and can quickly affect your quality of life. Elbow conditions treated at BMI The Cavell include: 

• Nerve-related issues such as nerve compression (experienced as pain, weakness, and a tingling sensation) 
• Tennis Elbow (inflammation caused by overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons, felt around the outside of your elbow)  
• Golfer’s Elbow (inflammation caused by overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons, felt on the inside of your elbow) 
• Arthritis of the elbow (usually due to general wear & tear) 

With rapid assessment and a personalised treatment plan to help you recover quickly and efficiently, our consultants at BMI The Cavell prioritise seeing you at the earliest opportunity to give you the best chance of a full recovery. 

Our consultants not only address the current problem and symptoms, but hone in on the root cause to prevent further flare-ups. It’s no wonder patients travel from all over Enfield, North London, and the surrounding areas for this exemplary care. Why not get in touch today to book your private appointment? 

Very often, shoulder and elbow issues can be managed without the need for surgical intervention, thanks to specialised care on offer at BMI The Cavell.
Non-surgical forms of treatment may include exercise-based therapy and lifestyle modifications, or cortisone steroid injections. Your consultant will discuss with you if any of these are appropriate, and can refer you to our expert physiotherapists for a personalised exercise regime to help strengthen and rebuild your damaged joint. Steroid injections reduce the pain and enable other forms of rehab (which would have been previously unachievable due to the pain), making them a great addition alongside physiotherapy. 

If your symptoms have continued despite these treatments, surgery may be your best option. Many shoulder and elbow surgeries can be offered via keyhole surgery, minimising complications and post-operative pain with quicker recovery times.
Some shoulder replacement patients are even able to be managed on a day case basis, thanks to enhanced recovery techniques utilised by our expert surgeons. 

Our consultants offer a wide range of shoulder and elbow surgeries at BMI The Cavell, including: 

• Tendon release for certain elbow conditions 
• Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair 
• Arthroscopic shoulder stabilisation 
• Open shoulder stabilisation 
• Acromioclavicular joint reconstruction 
• Shoulder replacement 

To ensure the highest chances of success, our dedicated physiotherapy team are available for both pre-surgery and post-surgery sessions to aid in your preparation and recovery from surgery. 

When you first meet your consultant at BMI The Cavell, they will spend time getting to know you and the problems you’ve been facing. As well as taking a detailed medical history, they may ask questions such as: 

• What symptoms have you been experiencing? 
• When did you first notice these symptoms? 
• Was there a specific incident like an injury, or did the symptoms appear gradually? 
• Have you received any other treatment for these concerns? 
• Are you currently taking any medication? 

This will normally be followed by a clinical examination, involving your consultant manipulating and moving your affected arm to assess the health and condition of the joints. 

An x-ray will normally be needed. If you have recently had a scan elsewhere, your consultant will wish to see it, but scans can be arranged on-site if not. Depending on the availability of our radiographers, this may take place on the same day as your initial consultation. 

Further scans may be required to confirm a diagnosis, such as an MRI or ultrasound, especially if your consultant needs to look at the soft structures in your arm (helping to assess potential tendon tears). 

Once a full diagnosis is confirmed, your consultant will lay out your personalised management plan, and all treatment options will be outlined clearly for you. Often, non-invasive treatment is enough to provide effective relief, in the form of steroid injections (which in some cases can be performed during this initial consultation) or a bespoke physiotherapy programme, catering to your specific needs. Your consultant can advise you if surgery is your best option for recovery, and you can choose how you wish to proceed. 

The majority of people who visit us for help with a shoulder or elbow problem live in Enfield or the surrounding areas of North London. However, excellent road access makes it easy to visit us from further away should you wish.  

We see both private medical insurance and self-pay patients. While a medical referral can be helpful, you can self-refer to us to avoid delay. 

When you visit us for help with a shoulder or elbow problem, you will benefit from: 
Rapid access to a leading expert – A problem in a shoulder or elbow can cause significant problems with many aspects of everyday life and the last thing you will want is to have to wait weeks to be seen. We can quickly and easily book you a private appointment with an experienced Consultant. 
Tailored approach – Your Consultant will oversee every aspect of your care, from initial assessment through to treatment, recovery and post-treatment follow-up. 
Remote Consultation – Consultations for shoulder and elbow problems are usually carried out in person at BMI The Cavell Hospital. For your convenience, we can also offer remote consultations by telephone or online video call if required and where clinically appropriate. 
Experienced staff - With leading Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons, Physiotherapists, Radiologists and many other healthcare professionals working on-site, you will be well supported at every stage of your treatment and will always see the most appropriate person for your particular needs.  
Recommended by patients – In an independent survey, 98.6% of the people we treated said they were likely or extremely likely to recommend BMI The Cavell Hospital to their friends and family. 
Location – Situated just outside of Enfield town centre, and with easy access by train or bus, as well as on-site parking available free of charge, it is extremely easy to travel to BMI The Cavell. 
Whether you are experiencing new shoulder or elbow symptoms that are causing you concern, or you have a pre-existing condition requiring new treatment, we would be delighted to help you. Please contact us to book your private appointment now. We look forward to welcoming you to BMI The Cavell Hospital and helping you to get the support you need as soon as possible.  

Specialists offering Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Mr Srinivas Gadikoppula

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, MS (Ortho), FRCS, FRCS, (Tr & Ortho)

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Prof Hasan Tahir

Consultant Physician in Rheumatology & Acute medicine

BSc, MB BS, D Sports-Ex Med, MSc, MFSEM(UK), FRCP(UK)

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Mr George Verghese

Consultant Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgeon

FRCS Orth, MS, DNB, MCh Orth.

BMI The Cavell Hospital 2 more BMI Hendon Hospital BMI The Kings Oak Hospital

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Mr Vipin Asopa

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

PhD, FRCS (Tr & Orth), MRCS, MBChB, BSc.

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Mr Simond Jagernauth

Consultant Upper Limb Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS BSc (Hons) FRCS (Tr & Orth) (Eng)

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Mr Sunil Trakru

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MS (Orth), FRCS

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