Our current waiting times

First appointment From appointment to treatment*
5 weeks 2 weeks
*This will be dependent on how long it takes for your consultant to agree your treatment plan, following your consultation and the results of any tests.

Please note: waiting times displayed are indicative and can change on a daily basis.

You have the right to choose where you have your NHS treatment.

At Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre we offer free NHS treatments to all patients. You are not required to pay if you are an NHS patient and have been referred for treatment by your GP.

Please note: All our surgical procedures will be carried out at our in-patient hospital at Shepton Mallet, even if you have an outpatient appointment at a different hospital.

Contracture release (frozen shoulder)

Frozen shoulder is also known as shoulder contracture and is a painful condition that affects shoulder movement. It is caused by the flexible tissue surrounding the shoulder joint becoming inflamed and thickened. Steroid injections may help but in severe cases surgery may be necessary to remove the inflamed tissue.

Rotator cuff repair

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles closely wrapped around the shoulder that may be damaged through trauma or general wear and tear, causing pain and weakness. Keyhole surgery is used to repair the tendon attaching the muscle to the bone.

Shoulder arthroscopy

This surgical procedure is performed using keyhole surgery with an arthroscope attached to a video camera. It is used to repair damage caused to the shoulder through trauma, wear and tear or damage to the ligaments and tendons.

Shoulder joint aspiration

Shoulder joint aspiration is used to treat pain in a shoulder joint. A needle is inserted into the joint to remove any fluid build up, and/or to diagnose the problem. This is a quick procedure.

Shoulder joint manipulation

This is performed under general anaesthetic and has been used for many years to treat frozen shoulder. The shoulder is moved through a range of motion to separate adhesions. Anti-inflammatory medication may also be injected into the shoulder.

Shoulder replacement

A surgical procedure involving all or part of the shoulder joint being replaced by a prosthetic implant. This is generally performed to relieve arthritis pain or to fix severe joint damage.

Shoulder stabilisation

This surgical procedure repairs damage done to shoulder cartilage if it has dislocated, helping to re-stabilise the shoulder joint.

Sub-acromial decompression

This type of surgery on the shoulder prevents the bones and tendons rubbing against each other when the arm is raised. The rubbing causes inflammation, pain and reduced movement. Inflamed tissue and bone spurs are removed to open up the joint again.

Tennis elbow surgery

Surgery to treat tennis elbow is usually only carried out if physiotherapy, steroid injections and shock wave therapy have been unsuccessful. The surgery involves removing the damaged part of the tendon to relieve pain, and an overnight stay is not usually required.

Therapeutic injection for joint pain relief

This is an injection into the shoulder or elbow joints to ease pain and reduce inflammation caused by any number of conditions. The effects of the injection may last some weeks.

Total shoulder replacement

A total shoulder replacement involves the damaged ball and the socket (glenoid) of the shoulder being removed and replaced with artificial components, called a prosthesis.

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