Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is one of the most common, most successful and safest orthopaedic surgical procedures
undertaken. Aarthroscopic subacromial decompression is very successful in relieving the pain of rotator cuff
tendonitis and allowing a return to daily activities and sports. The recovery is usually rapid within 6-12 weeks.
The incidence of any post-operative complication is low and usually less than in 1% of cases.
Arthroscopic surgery usually requires you to be in hospital for only 8-10 hours, unless the shoulder is opened in
order to repair a torn tendon. In these cases an overnight stay is usually advised. Arthroscopic surgery, compared
to open surgery, causes very little disturbance to the shoulder joint and consequently the post-operative
discomfort is much less. While the degree of discomfort felt is variable, in general only slight pain will be
experienced for a few days. This will not prevent you driving after a few days. If you notice any numbness or pain
in the hand or forearm following arthroscopy please inform the nurse on duty. Exercise with a physiotherapist is
usually commenced immediately following arthroscopy and continued several times a week for between
2 and 6 weeks.
If your job is sedentary and mostly sitting you may wish to return after only a few days. If your job is physically
demanding and requires lifting, your return to work may take up to 6 weeks.
Driving can usually be performed after 2 to 5 days providing that the shoulder is pain free and you are able to
control the car. Light weight training may be undertaken after several weeks. Lifting weights above the head or
racket sports may take a little longer. Exercises and gym training will speed up the rehabilitation and should be
performed prior to undertaking more vigorous sports.
The first follow up appointment following surgery is usually arranged for 2-3 weeks after surgery. Physiotherapy
should be started soon after surgery, usually 3-5 days later and continued 2-3 times a week for 2-6 weeks depending
on the individual patient's progress.
How to make an appointment
Contact us directly:
An appointment may be booked directly through Mrs Andrea Beaumont, Personal Assistant to Mr David P Johnson,
by telephoning (44) 0117 970 6655 or via our
e-mail contact form.
Appointments by referral::
Where a referral is from your GP or physiotherapist a letter will usually be provided including the details of
any previous treatment received or other relevant medical details.
Useful information to bring to your appointment:
It is helpful if any previous X-rays or scans which are available are brought to the consultation, and the
general practitioner may wish to provide the details of previous treatment received and other medical conditions.