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Capsular Release: Arthroscopic Release of a Frozen Shoulder

A frozen shoulder is a disorder of the shoulder capsule, a thin tissue which surrounds the shoulder joint. The capsule becomes inflamed and stiffens causing restricted movement and pain.



Reverse Geometry Delta Shoulder Replacement

A full rotator cuff tear will normally be managed with repair surgery. This can be done arthroscopically or as an open surgery which will involve a larger cut. The type of surgery performed may depend on the severity and difficulty of the surgical procedure. Unfortunately, not all rotator cuff tears can be treated in this way. Some require alternative surgical approaches due to the severity and quality of the tendon tear.



Shoulder Stabilisation

There are different types of operation depending on the position and severity of the tear. The operation will usually involve an arthroscopic (keyhole) procedure with anchors being attached to the glenoid (the socket) and sutures (stitches) being passed through the torn area of the labrum. The sutures are then pulled tight to the anchors giving stability to the shoulder joint and providing contact areas for the labrum to heal. Depending on the size of the tear will depend on the number of sutures used.



Subacromial Decompression

The subacromial space is the space between the ball (humeral head) and the tip of the socket (the acromion). There are many structures that lie in this space including tendons belonging to the rotator cuff muscles and a fluid sack known as a bursa. The subacromial bursa is designed to prevent friction occurring between the tendons and the bone. During subacromial impingement the structures in the subacromial space become compressed.



Total Shoulder Replacement

Osteoarthritis affects the surfaces (cartilage) of joints and is most prominent in large weight-bearing joints such as the hip and the knee. It is also common in the shoulder. It may be caused from ‘wear and tear’ for example with repeated activities over many years or with a traumatic cause such as a fall. In the shoulder it affects the cartilage of the ball (humeral head) and the socket (the glenoid).


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