Shoulder Reconstruction

This surgery aims to restore strength or stability of your shoulder by repairing injured tendons, capsule or ligaments. Soft tissue injuries occur through overuse or a traumatic event.

Do you need surgery?

This surgery may be recommended if you have limited use, instability or pain related to a torn tendon, capsule or ligaments. In the case of minor or partial tears, you should try Physiotherapy to re-establish balance movement patterns when using your arm. Your surgeon can help you decide when and whether surgery is likely to provide pain relief and enable you to resume your regular activities.

What happens during surgery?

An arthroscopic incision is made at your shoulder joint and a small camera passed to allow your surgeon to fully assess inside your joint. A larger incision may be required for complex surgery. Steps are taken to address defects where possible. The joint is drained of excess fluid and your skin is closed with sutures.

What could go wrong?

Complications are uncommon. They include delayed wound healing, failure of the repair, infection and risks of having an anaesthetic. It is important to discuss risks and voice any concerns you may have with your surgeon before having surgery.

Participating in your rehabilitation

Most patients go home on the day after the operation. To protect repaired tissue, you may need to wear a sling for a few days or up to 6 weeks. Take regular pain medication if necessary. A simple exercise program aimed at restoring your hand, elbow and shoulder movement will be provided for you to follow at home. Participating in a structured exercise program with a local Physiotherapist will assist you in achieving the best possible result.

Benefits you can expect

Under guidance, your rehabilitation program will progressively introduce strength and sport-specific training exercises. Most patients achieve a stable, pain-free shoulder and return to sport following a recovery period by 4-6 months.