Shoulder Arthroscopy

What is a shoulder arthroscopy?

A shoulder arthroscopy, also referred to as keyhole surgery, allows your doctor to see inside your shoulder, as well as diagnose and in some cases treat the problem. This is done by inserting a camera into your shoulder, which is inserted using small cuts in the skin. 

What are the benefits of shoulder arthroscopy?

The main benefit of shoulder arthroscopy treatment is to confirm exactly what is causing shoulder problems and in many cases to treat the problem at the same time.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

Problems inside a joint can often be diagnosed using special tests such as CT and MRI scans. However, you may then need an arthroscopy to treat the problem.

What will happen during my shoulder arthroscopy?

When you meet with your consultant surgeon they'll ensure that you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your shoulder arthroscopy, they'll discuss with you what'll happen before, during and after the procedure and any pain you might have. Take this time with your consultant surgeon to ensure your mind is put at rest. We know that having an operation of any type can be stressful so we've created a short downloadable guide that you might find useful to print off and use to write down any questions you may have. Do take this with you to your consultation. 

What does the operation involve?

The shoulder arthroscopy treatment is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes about forty minutes.

Your surgeon will usually make about two to four small cuts around the joint. They will place a small telescope through one of the cuts so they can examine the joint. They will place surgical instruments through the other cuts if they need to treat any problems with the joint (see figure 1).

Shoulder arthroscopy 

What complications can happen?

1. General complications of any operation

  • Pain

  • Bleeding

  • Infection in the surgical wound

  • Unsightly scarring

2. Specific complications of this operation

  • Bleeding into the joint

  • Infection in the joint

  • Severe pain, stiffness and loss of use of the arm and hand (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)

  • Damage to nerves

  • Blood clot in the axillary vein near your armpit

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home later on the same day.

Your physiotherapist may give you exercises and advice to help you to recover from the operation. It can take up to three months to get back to normal activities.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Most people who have shoulder arthroscopy treatment have a major improvement. However, it does take time for pain to lessen and movement to increase. Symptoms often come back with time.

Summary

Shoulder arthroscopy treatment allows your surgeon to diagnose and treat problems affecting the joint, without the need for a large cut in the skin. This may reduce the amount of pain you feel and speed up your recovery after surgery.

This document is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

Paying for your operation

Shoulder arthroscopy treatment costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

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Pricing

Shoulder surgery with arthroscopy to decompress the joint

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £4,389 Included £4,389
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £4,589
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £4,389
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £4,589

Shoulder surgery with arthroscopy to decompress the joint and remove some bone

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £4,706 Included £4,706
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £4,906
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £4,706
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £4,906

Shoulder surgery with arthroscopy to release the contracture

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £4,190 Included £4,190
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £4,390
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £4,190
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £4,390

Terms & Conditions

Treatment prices displayed are a guide for initial consultation, and a guide price for our fixed price packages which include pre-assessment, procedure and aftercare. Your Consultant will be able to discuss costs in greater detail at your consultation, after which a quote of your fixed price package will be provided [which is subject to results of any pre-assessment tests]. Prices can be subject to change.

For more information please refer to our terms and conditions (large print version).

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