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