From £4,765
0117 906 4870
Overall rating Good
Shoulder Decompression - Key Hole Surgery Fees
Initial consultation from £150
Treatment £4,615
Pre-assessment Included
Main treatment Included
Post-discharge care Included
Pre-assessment, Main treatment and Post-discharge care £4,615
Guide price £4,765
 What does guide price mean?

The guide price stated above is an approximation of the cost of treatment only. The final price may vary according to Consultant fees, prosthesis or drugs used and any pre-existing medical conditions which may alter your care pathway.  You will be given a fixed all-inclusive price for treatment following your initial consultation with a Consultant.

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Bristol Hospital, The Chesterfield

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
Main Switchboard 0117 987 2727
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Radiology Department 0117 906 4878

Why choose Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital?

At The Chesterfield in Bristol, we treat every patient as an individual, offering bespoke care.

Your experienced orthopaedic consultant here in Bristol will support and guide you from your initial consultation through to your full recovery. You'll stay in your own private room with en-suite facilities during your time in hospital. Free on-site parking is also available, so it's easy for family and friends to visit.

Enhanced recovery plan

Recovery from your shoulder decompression operation will require support so, as part of your treatment package, you'll have sessions with a Nuffield Health physiotherapist at our local Nuffield Health gym through our recovery plus programme.

Meet the team

Our shoulder surgeons are highly experienced and will look after you throughout your treatment.

In addition to our skilled surgeons, our team includes radiologists, physiotherapists, highly trained nurses and pharmacists to ensure you receive the care you need at every stage of your journey with us.

Mr Neil Blewitt
Mr Iain Packham

What happens during shoulder (subacromial) decompression surgery?

Subacromial decompression is usually performed under general anaesthetic and usually takes about one hour. Most surgeons perform this procedure arthroscopically (key hole surgery).

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 subacromial decompression

Most patients are able to go home once the effects of general anaesthetic have worn off. Please 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 taken off 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 subacromial decompression. Your consultant will discuss your return to work to make sure you're fit to do so.

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

Specific complications of subacromial decompression may include:

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

Other shoulder treatments that our team of experts perform include:

  • Rotator cuff shoulder surgery
  • Shoulder manipulation
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Shoulder stabilisation