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A specialised service is provided at London Bridge Hospital / 31 Old Broad Street for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of painful shoulder disorders, shoulder injuries and fractures. Not only is there access to a specialist shoulder surgeon, but also investigations such as X-ray, MRI and ultrasound scans can be arranged with the minimum of delay.
Treatments are available including physiotherapy, shoulder injections and shoulder surgery, such as arthroscopic “keyhole” shoulder operations to treat painful and unstable shoulders, frozen shoulder and shoulder replacements for arthritis.
Operations at London Bridge Hospital include:
Shoulder pain is often due to rotator cuff impingement where the tendon (rotator cuff) is “pinched” by excess bone and decompression aims to remove the excess bone to decompress the tendon.
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
The rotator cuff tendon may be torn and can be repaired by “keyhole” surgery. Occasionally if the tendon tear is large the repair may be done using a mini-open incision with augmentation by tendon graft if required.
Arthroscopic shoulder stabilisation
Recurrent dislocation or instability of the shoulder may require repair of the torn labrum (capsule/ligaments). This again is normally done arthroscopically. Occasionally if there is too much bone loss or the tissue too weak an open stabilisation may be required.
If shoulder pain due to arthritis does not respond to physiotherapy or local injections, then a shoulder replacement can be undertaken. Nowadays a surface replacement is undertaken to minimise bone loss and speed recovery. Occasionally a total shoulder replacement or reverse prosthesis are required.
Shoulder physiotherapy is available on and off site to maximise the benefits of conservative or surgical treatments. There are links with shoulder/sports medicine physiotherapists and often treatment is continued by your own physiotherapist.