Shoulder and Elbow

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at Woodland Hospital

Shoulder and Elbow

Your shoulder and elbow joints are composed of bones that are covered with articular cartilage to protect the bones and enable them to move easily. 

Fractures, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cartilage damage, tendon tears and instability are responsible for most shoulder and elbow problems. Shoulder and elbow surgery aims to restore the full use of your shoulder or elbow without pain.

Treatment for shoulder and elbow pain

At Woodland Hospital we have a highly experienced and professional team of Orthopaedic Surgeons that can diagnose, treat and manage all types of shoulder and elbow problems.

Here are some of the surgeries we perform at Woodland Hospital for shoulder and elbow conditions:

  • Shoulder and elbow arthroscopy

Shoulder or elbow arthroscopy is minimally invasive surgery used to diagnose and often treat a shoulder or elbow problem.  Read more about elbow arthroscopy here.

Arthroscopy is performed under general anaesthetic and your orthopaedic surgeon will insert a thin metal tube with a camera and light, called an arthroscope, into your shoulder or elbow joint through small incisions.

Shoulder and elbow arthroscopy is often used to remove loose pieces of bone and cartilage. Read more about shoulder arthroscopy here.

Shoulder arthroscopy can be used to:

  • Repair rotator cuff
  • Remove bone spurs or inflamed tissue
  • Remove or repair the labrum
  • Repair ligaments
  • Repair recurrent shoulder dislocation

Elbow arthroscopy can be used to treat:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory arthritis)
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Scar tissue to offer a greater range of motion

Your rotator cuff is made up of a group of four muscles and tendons that connect your upper arm bone (humerus) to your shoulder blades and it holds your humerus in place in your shoulder socket.

Injury may cause a partial or complete tear. A partial rotator cuff tear may be treated by trimming or smoothing, known as debridement. A complete tear is repaired by stitching the torn tendon back onto the head of your humerus.

Rotator cuff repair surgery can be performed using arthroscopy or open surgery. Your shoulder surgeon will discuss the most appropriate surgery procedure with you. Read more about rotator cuff repair here.

Arthritis in the shoulder can eventually wear away the normal cartilage covering the surface of the joint and the bone underneath becomes damaged. This causes pain and stiffness in the joint.

Simple painkillers and anti-inflammatory tablets can help control the pain and regular moderate exercise can help to reduce stiffness in an arthritic arthritic shoulder. A steroid injection into the shoulder joint can sometimes reduce pain and stiffness. All of these measures become less effective as your arthritis gets worse.

A shoulder replacement may be recommended if your joint pain hasn’t responded to non-surgical treatments. The operation usually takes between an hour and an hour and a half. Your surgeon will make a cut on the front of your shoulder and remove the damaged ball (head of the humerus). They will replace the ball and sometimes also the socket. The new ball is made of metal and the socket is usually made of plastic. 
Read more about shoulder replacement surgery.
  • Tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is a condition that typically causes pain around the outside of elbow. This condition often occurs after the strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, near the elbow joint. You may notice pain on the outside of your upper forearm, just below the bend of the elbow, or when lifting or bending your arm, as you grip small objects such as a pen and when twisting your forearm, such as when you turn a door handle or open a jar, you could also find difficulty in extending your arm fully.

Tennis elbow is often treated without surgical intervention. Medication and/or physiotherapy may assist the body in recovery from the condition. Tennis elbow could also be treated using 
Shockwave Therapy treatment

  • Golfer's elbow

Golfers elbow, also know as medial eipicondylitis, causes pain and inflammation where the tendons are attached on the upper arm allowing articulation at the elbow joint. The problem tends to start actually inside the elbow joint and can radiate down from the elbow towards the wrist.

Golfer's elbow is often treated without surgical intervention. Medication and/or physiotherapy may assist the body in recovery from the condition. This condition could also be treated using 
Shockwave Therapy treatment.

Read more about the other Orthopaedic procedures available at Woodland Hospital.

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