Shoulder Surgery


Here at Ashtead Hospital we offer our patients the very best in shoulder surgery including arthroscopic surgery, rotator cuff repair and shoulder replacement.

Your shoulder is made up of three bones which are controlled by a number of associated muscles and ligaments. There are also four major tendons, called the rotator cuff tendons. Shoulder pain can be caused by injury or impairment to any of these bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons. The shoulder joint offers stability and allows for a wide range of movement. It can however be prone to wear and tear and injury.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain our specialist orthopaedic surgeons will rapidly diagnose and perform treatment as required. They are supported by a team of highly trained nursing staff, consultant radiologists and chartered physiotherapists. Non-surgical treatments may be offered initially but if your pain is too severe and surgery is required then you can rest assured you’re in safe hands at Ashtead Hospital.

The range of shoulder surgeries we offer

Rotator Cuff

Rotator cuff injuries or disorders are common and cause inflammation or damage to the group of four muscles and their tendons that surround your shoulder joint, causing pain and a lack of movement in the shoulder.

Your shoulder surgeon will determine the best treatment depending upon how severe your rotator cuff injury is and the type of injury you have. Surgery will be recommended if you have a large tear or if you’ve tried non-surgical options that haven’t worked. 

Rotator cuff surgery is performed with the aim to create more space for your rotator cuff to move freely. It may involve shaving off a small amount of the bone in your shoulder and removing damaged tendons and bursae. It’s normally carried out using arthroscopic surgery but sometimes open surgery is required.

Shoulder arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy allows your shoulder surgeon to carry out a thorough examination and assessment of your shoulder by inserting a tiny camera using a telescope through two small incisions in your skin around your shoulder.

Your shoulder may have been damaged by an injury such as a rotator cuff injury or worn due to arthritis and your shoulder surgeon will diagnose and treat your condition using shoulder arthroscopy.

If treatment is required small surgical instruments will be inserted into your shoulder joint to repair or remove any damaged tissue and release tight ligaments or tendons. The aim is to get your shoulder working properly again without pain.

Total shoulder replacement

Total shoulder replacement, also known as shoulder arthroplasty or shoulder joint replacement, involves replacing the ball in your shoulder joint with an artificial one and fitting a plastic surface on the socket. This allows the ball and socket in your shoulder to resume its normal function with the ball at the top of your upper arm moving smoothly in the shoulder blade socket.

A partial shoulder replacement (hemiarthroplasty) might be recommended by your shoulder surgeon if only part of your shoulder joint needs replacing.

Injury or arthritis causes damage or wear to the cartilage in the shoulder socket and results in pain and lack of movement so a total shoulder replacement should remove the pain and allow you to resume normal function of your shoulder.

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