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Shoulder joint replacement surgery

Replacing your damaged shoulder joint

A surgical procedure to reduce shoulder joint pain after other methods of treatment have been exhausted

About shoulder surgery

Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The ball should move freely in its socket. If it is damaged by injury or worn away it can become painful and stiff. Your consultant may recommend shoulder joint replacement surgery if non-surgical options like physiotherapy and medication aren't working.

Need to know

  • What happens during a shoulder replacement? icon plus

    Your surgeon will access your shoulder joint by making a cut, usually down the front of your shoulder. Depending on the type of replacement you need, your surgeon will either replace just the ball, or the ball and stem, with a metal or plastic one.

    After completing the replacement your surgeon will close the cut with stitches or clips and cover the area with a dressing. The operation usually takes around two hours, depending on its complexity. You will either be under general anaesthetic or you'll be given a regional anaesthetic, where you remain awake with the shoulder completely numbed.
  • How to prepare for shoulder surgery icon plus

    Your consultant will tell you how best to prepare for your surgery and answer any questions you may have. If you're having general anaesthetic, your consultant will tell you know long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.​
  • After surgery icon plus

    You will be given painkillers to combat any pain you may experience immediately after surgery. Depending on your general level of fitness, you may need to stay in hospital for between two and five nights.

    You should be able to use the arm that was operated on to start doing simple activities such as eating, dressing and bathing within two weeks of surgery. You should be able to drive after a further four weeks.

    Your consultant will let you know exactly when you can get back to normal activities, including work or exercise.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Our shoulder consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic experts specialising in shoulder and upper limb conditions including elbow problems, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
Consultant in theatres

Our locations

From complex shoulder surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • HCA UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

    52-54 Alderley Road

    Wilmslow

    SK9 1NY

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 01615 160 961

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

  • Platinum Medical Centre facility

    Platinum Medical Centre

    Platinum Medical Centre, 15 - 17 Lodge Road

    London

    NW8 7JA

    Call 020 7483 5148

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    Chelsea Outpatient Centre

    280 Kings Road

    London SW3 5AW

    Call 020 7881 4114
    Opening times 8am - 8pm

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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