Many shoulder and elbow problems can be treated without surgery. Non-surgical treatments can include:
- Physiotherapy and exercise programmes
- Pain relief medication (analgesia)
- Steroid Injections
If non-surgical treatments don’t relieve your symptoms, or become less effective over time, surgery may be needed.
Rotator cuff often need surgery to repair, and this will usually be done by keyhole surgery as a day case procedure.
A frozen shoulder will resolve naturally over time. However, some people may have more significant pain or stiffness that doesn’t respond to physiotherapy or steroid injection. In these cases, a keyhole surgical release may be considered.
Osteoarthritis in the shoulder can cause horrible pain and stiffness. Shoulder replacement surgery can be helpful. There are different ways this can be done, and your Consultant will explain the best option for your particular shoulder. Whichever method is used, the worn, damaged joint is replaced with a new artificial shoulder joint (prosthesis).
If you do need any type of surgery, your Consultant will explain how the operation will be done, the benefits you should realistically expect to see from it and any potential risks or complications you need to be aware of. If you have any questions or concerns, they will be very happy to talk these through with you.