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BMI The Priory's Orthopaedic Shoulder Services

Orthopaedic shoulder services at BMI The Priory Hospital

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 BMI 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 free from pain, in a fraction of the time.  

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The shoulder is a complex and joint that’s easily subject to injury. Shoulder problems can arise in the muscles, connective tissue, or joints, or most commonly, in the tendons, as a result of injuries from sports, recreational activities or falls.

Shoulder conditions can greatly affect your daily life and limit your ability to perform work-related tasks. Shoulder pain can even make getting dressed or washing your hair difficult and uncomfortable. Aches and pains in the shoulder, as well as stiffness, may lead to sleepless nights, negatively impacting your overall well-being.

Our specialist orthopaedic consultants at BMI The Priory Hospital see and treat a wide range of shoulder injuries and problems. These include rotator cuff injuries including tears or tendonitis, broken shoulders, dislocations and, less commonly, arthritis of the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is structural damage that can cause shoulder pain, affecting the cartilage and connective tissues in joints as they wear down as a result of injury or age. 

How you’re treated depends on the causes and symptoms of your shoulder problem.

Surgery is only ever a last resort as most shoulder conditions can be treated non-invasively with pain relief, injections and physiotherapy. In the event surgical intervention is required these are two of the most common procedures we carry out at BMI The Priory.

Shoulder arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used to treat damage to a shoulder caused by arthritis, injury, or certain health conditions.

In the case of extreme tears, surgery can be performed to repair the rotator cuff (the muscles and tendon that surround the shoulder) to help move and stabilise the shoulder. Operations to repair the rotator cuff can take up to several hours depending on the severity of the injury. The operation involves the reattachment of the tendon to the bone with stitches and it is performed under general anaesthetic with a local anaesthetic block. Some repairs may need to be performed via open surgery.

Shoulder arthroplasty is an open procedure that can be used to restore comfort and improve function of shoulder joints for arthritis of the shoulder. 

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During your first appointment at the BMI The Priory Hospital, your consultant will ask you questions about your medical history and carry out a thorough physical examination. You will then usually need some form diagnostic tests, either an X-ray, an MRI, or an ultrasound scan. In some cases your doctor may arrange for you to have an electromyography (EMG) nerve conduction test– or a combination of these.

You can have all these tests carried out at the BMI 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 BMI The Priory 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. 

At the Priory BMI The Priory Birmingham we are extremely proud of our standards of patient care. Every year we successfully treat a wide variety of shoulder problems, providing individualised care that’s designed to solve your shoulder problem effectively and rapidly.

  • BMI The Priory Hospital is home to a team of world-class consultant orthopaedic surgeons, sports and medicine specialists, and physiotherapists. You will only ever be seen by the same senior consultant throughout the course of your treatment.
  • Communication, teamwork, and shared expertise are at the forefront of all we do. Our shoulder consultants work within multidisciplinary teams of physiotherapists, nurses, and healthcare professionals. This multi-tiered approach is designed to secure the best quality outcomes for patients.
  • Unlike at the majority of private hospitals BMI The Priory Birmingham has its own intensive care unit (ITU) which enables us to carry out complex surgical procedures onsite.
  • Our state-of-the-art medical theatres use laminar flow systems designed specifically to accommodate orthopaedic procedures.
  • We offer market-leading diagnostic technology in our in-house imaging centres, including best-in-class MRI and CT scanners.
  • BMI The Priory is based conveniently in the heart of Birmingham and all our clinics are in-house, as are all orthopaedic consultations, diagnostic testing, treatment, and rehabilitation.
  • Your care package is built around your unique needs. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that’s tailored to you.
  • We offer the option to pay-as-you-go. You don’t need private medical insurance to receive treatment for your shoulder condition.

At BMI The Priory 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.

Get in touch with BMI The Priory Hospital and kickstart your path to recovery today. 

Specialists Offering Orthopaedic Shoulder

Mr Matthew Newton Ede

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB ChB MRCS(Eng) FRCS(Tr&Orth)

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