Shoulder resurfacing surgery

Shoulder resurfacing arthroplasty

Our skilled orthopaedic surgeons can replace the damaged surfaces of your shoulder ball and socket joint

What is shoulder resurfacing?

This surgical procedure can be done when arthritis has affected your shoulder, causing pain and stiffness. The aim of the procedure is to replace only the damaged joint surfaces, rather than the whole shoulder joint.

Need to know

  • What happens during should resurfacing surgery? icon plus

    This operation is carried out either under general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic (you'll be awake but pain is blocked in the area). If you're having a local anaesthetic, you'll also be given a sedative to help you relax. The operation takes about two hours.
  • How to prepare for your surgery icon plus

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and let you know how the operation will be carried out. They'll be able to answer any questions you might have. If you're having a general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long to avoid eating and drinking beforehand.
  • After your surgery icon plus

    You'll be cared for in hospital for about three days following your operation. One of our physiotherapists will give you some exercises to help with your recovery and you may need to have outpatient physiotherapy until you have improved the range of movement in your shoulder. You will need to wear a sling for several weeks to rest your arm and shoulder.

    Your physiotherapist will show you how to take your sling off and on to complete your exercises. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including going back to work, exercise and driving. Depending on your job, you may need several weeks off work.

Paying for medical treatment

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Our shoulder consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic experts specialising in shoulder injuries, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex shoulder surgery to tests and diagnostics procedures, we provide orthopaedic exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request a shoulder or elbow appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced upper limb consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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