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Bournemouth Hospital

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Why choose Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital for your shoulder decompression surgery?

At Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital, our experienced upper limb surgeons specialise in key-hole shoulder decompression surgery. Sometimes If you engage in repetitive overhead activities such as golf, the acromial space between the top of your arm and the small bone attached to your shoulder can become swelled and irritated. In these circumstances a shoulder decompression could be a great alternative to conservative treatments you may have already tried.

Our hospital has been recently refurbished and is conveniently located close to the town centre on Lansdowne Road. Our refurbished patient rooms are fully equipped with excellent en-suite facilities, widescreen TV's and unlimited wireless connectivity for your comfort and convenience.

If you are unsure about shoulder decompression surgery, you are more than welcome to attend one of our free orthopaedic open events. Here, you will get the opportunity to meet one of our orthopaedic surgeons and ask any questions you may have.

What happens during shoulder decompression at Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital?

  • Shoulder decompression is usually performed under general anaesthetic
  • The surgery usually takes approximately 1 hour
  • Most surgeons perform this procedure arthroscopically
  • Your surgeon will make several small incisions (cuts) around your shoulder area
  • A miniature telescope is inserted into the joint area providing full view via a monitor
  • Other surgical instruments are inserted to clean the area and repair any damaged tendons
  • Any wounds will be closed using stitches or steri-strips.

After your shoulder decompression surgery

  • Most patients are able to go home once the effects of general anaesthetic have worn off
  • Please be sure and arrange for someone to drive you home as you will not be able to drive until released to do so by your surgeon
  • You will be given medication to help control any pain. Continue to take your medication as prescribed. Icing your shoulder may help ease any discomfort
  • Your arm may be in a sling. This can usually be discarded 1-2 weeks after surgery
  • Physiotherapy will help you strengthen your shoulder muscles and increase range of motion
  • It can take 6-9 months to fully recover from shoulder decompression
  • Be sure and discuss any return to work with your consultant.

Most people make a good recovery from shoulder decompression. As with any surgery there can be complications:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site
  • Blood clot (deep vein thrombosis – DVT).

Specific complications of shoulder decompression may include:

  • Persistent stiffness or pain
  • Damage to shoulder blade or joint
  • Nerve damage
  • Fracture following surgery (rare).