Shoulder stabilisation surgery

A minimally invasive operation to repair the shoulder

This type of keyhole surgery can help restore the stability of your shoulder after an injury or accident

About shoulder stabilisation surgery

Shoulders can become unstable if the ligament or cartilage tears or the shoulder joint dislocates. If other types of treatment don't work or the issue reoccurs, your consultant might suggest surgery. They can use a minimally invasive, keyhole (arthroscopy) technique to repair your shoulder.

Need to know

  • What happens during stablisation surgery? icon plus

    Shoulder stabilisation surgery normally takes about an hour. It's carried out under general anaesthetic which means you'll be asleep. Your surgeon will make a small cut in your shoulder. They will then pass saline solution into it, followed by a flexible tube that has a small camera on the end (arthroscope). They will then use images from the camera to guide the procedure.

    Depending on the nature of your condition, your surgeon may also remove any excess tissue that's causing instability. They might anchor your shoulder socket in place and reattach any loose tissue to the bone. You surgeon will then close your cut with stitches and apply a dressing.
  • How to prepare for surgery icon plus

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions. If you're having general anaesthetic, they'll tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand.

    Before your operation, you may also need to have an X-ray or MRI scan to help determine which part of your shoulder needs treating.
  • After surgery icon plus

    You should be able to go home on the same day as your procedure. Before you do, a member of the physiotherapy team will talk to you about your rehabilitation from surgery. To help with the healing process, your arm will be supported in a sling. You'll need to wear this sling for about two to three weeks.

    You should also take any pain relief as directed by your medical team. It can take up to six months to recover. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work.

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We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic experts specialising in upper limb conditions including problems with the shoulder and elbow, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
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From complex shoulder surgery to diagnostic tests and scans, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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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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