Shoulder arthroscopy has emerged as one of the most popular methods of treatment for treating major shoulder problems. Issues related to frequent bone dislocation, rotator cuff tear, ligament tear, etc., can be cured via this procedure. Mostly occurring in the case of athletes, as a result of accidental injuries or traumatic impact in individuals, the shoulder arthroscopy is performed on millions of candidates all across the world. The ball and socket joint of the shoulder is supported by a number of ligaments and tendons, and any kind of anomaly may take a major form and cause a lifetime of damage.
Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, which involves curing any kind of ligament or tendon tear, frequently dislocating joint, or other injuries with the help of a micro camera inserted through the skin. Apart from the above reasons, in general, an arthroscopy procedure for the shoulder is required, in case of:
Before suggesting shoulder arthroscopy, the surgeon will determine the candidacy of an individual. One can be an ideal candidate if the individual:
A shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure conducted to inspect, diagnose, and rectify the problems involving the shoulder joint. During a shoulder arthroscopy, a small device attached to a camera is inserted into the shoulder to diagnose the reason for pain in the shoulder, among other problems.
Miniature surgical instruments are also inserted into the shoulder to rectify the identified problem. Such a surgery is known as arthroscopic shoulder surgery. When shoulder replacement is conducted with the help of arthroscopy, the procedure is known as arthroscopic shoulder replacement.
At each stage of the arthroscopic shoulder surgery, the surgeon is guided by an image displayed on the television screen. This is a minimally invasive procedure that ensures a quick recovery.
The shoulder has three bones, namely:
A rotator cuff tear, articular cartilage, labrum and surrounding soft tissues can be the cause of pain in the shoulder joint. These areas can get damaged or distorted as a result of some accident. The actual cause of pain can be diagnosed with the help of a shoulder arthroscopy. Sometimes, age-related wear and tear can is also responsible for shoulder joint-related pain and problems.
Symptoms of a shoulder injury include excessive pain in the shoulder joint and stiffness in the shoulder joint that may hinder easy movement of the arm around the shoulder joint. The patient may experience trouble while sleeping with the affected shoulder on one side. Slight swelling can also be observed physically in the joint region.
A physician may recommend a shoulder arthroscopy if your shoulder does not respond well to other alternative treatments such as exercising and physiotherapy. Common rotator cuff surgery can be used to conduct rotator cuff repair, removal or repair of the labrum, repair of ligaments and recurrent shoulder dislocation, and bone spur removal. Some of the less common procedures may include fracture repair, cyst excision, and nerve release.
Images captured by the camera from the arthroscope is directly visible on the monitor in front of the surgeon. The images allow the surgeon to understand the extent of damage and subsequent repair required.
Once the problem is clearly understood, the surgeon inserts surgical instruments through other incisions made in e shoulder. Specific instruments for cutting, grasping, suture passing, knot tying, or shaving are inserted as per the requirement. With the help of sterile strips, the surgeon closes the incision once the job is done.
Shoulder surgery is performed to correct defects or problems in the shoulder region. The average cost of shoulder surgery in Spain ranges from 3000 USD to 5000 USD.
The cost of the surgery is influenced by the medicines involved, the cost of equipment that is being used, and the surgical process required. The cost will also alter according to the surgeons on board and ancillary equipment in use.
One should consult their doctor before going for surgery. Here are some of the common shoulder surgeries currently in practice -
Arthroscopy is a common procedure in which your doctor uses an “arthroscope”- a device that contains a tiny camera which is inserted through a small incision in the shoulder - for your doctor to identify, evaluate, diagnose and repair shoulder related abnormalities.
Arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive and has the lowest time of recovery compared to open surgery.
It can cost anywhere from 3400 USD to 5200 USD.
Within arthroscopic surgeries, there are several procedures that can be performed based on the underlying condition that is to be treated.
Rotator cuff surgeries in Spain
A rotator cuff is a part of the shoulder that is formed by a group of muscles and tendons ( tissues that connect muscles to bones) surrounding the shoulder joint to form a sleeve-like structure called the “cuff”. The rotator cuff helps hold in your arm and accommodate it with the shoulder joint which in-turn keeps the arm, joint, and shoulder in the right position.
The rotator cuff syndrome encompasses a variety of conditions that could affect the rotator cuff. It could be impingement, tears in the cuff muscles, tendonitis (inflammation of cuff tendons), injury, etc. based on the severity - usually when the pain and discomfort are unmanageable even after using medication- surgery is used to correct the damage, abnormality, and conditions. Most of these surgical procedures use arthroscopy with varying numbers and length of incisions based on the area of abnormality.
Impingement syndrome - as mentioned earlier impingement syndrome is a part of rotator cuff syndrome wherein the muscles or the tendons or the bursa - (a fluid-filled sac forming a cushion within the joint) get compressed decreasing the overall joint space and causing discomfort impingement syndrome is the most common condition for which arthroscopic surgery performed also known as a subacromial decompression. It is either performed in isolation or as part of a rotator cuff surgery.
It can cost around 3500 USD to 5100 USD in Spain
Torn labrum surgery in Spain
The labrum is soft cartilage present in the shoulder socket where the ball of your arm is held in place by the rotator cuff muscles forming the ball and socket joint of the shoulder and arm. In cases of overuse, trauma, or an abnormality the labrum can be injured or torn causing pain and disability. This condition - based on the intensity of tear- is repaired surgically and costs around. Labrum tear surgery is also known as SLAP [Superior (topmost) Labral tear from Anterior (front) to posterior (back)] tear surgery. The costs of the labrum tear surgeries are similar to the rotator cuff surgeries and range from 3400 USD to 5200 USD.
Shoulder arthritis treatment in Spain
Arthritis is a condition that is caused by joint inflammation leading to pain, discomfort, stiffness, and limited range of motion. Management of arthritis is usually through anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medication. However, depending upon the severity and complications of arthritis, doctors may use surgical procedures to get rid of infected matter/ areas of and within the shoulder. Surgeries are also used to remove ( or replace with artificial material ) a portion of the shoulder bone to increase joint space or mobility. Arthritis oriented shoulder surgeries are also performed using arthroscopy.
Fracture repair in Spain
A fracture is another common shoulder condition like in the case of any other bone. Usually, the first line of intervention includes immobilizing the broken shoulder and fixing it back in place through casting and/or sling. However, in cases where this method fails to fix and join the broken shoulder, surgery is used to reposition the bones. Although arthroscopy is widely used in such cases, based on the type and severity of the fracture, this type of surgery may be done through an open incision or in an arthroscopic method.
The cost of this surgery could range from 5940 USD TO 8316 USD.
Here are the top hospitals in Spain for shoulder surgery -
SOLCOT Centro Médico, Orthopedic and, sports medicine center in Madrid
Grupo Hospitalario Quirónsalud in Madrid
Hospital Quirónsalud in Barcelona
Vithas Xanit International Hospital in Malaga
Hospital General de Catalunya in Barcelona
Centro Médico Quironsalud Teknon in Barcelona
Hospital Ruber Internacional in Madrid
Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital in Madrid
Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja in Torrevieja (Alicante)
Hospitales San Roque in the Canary Islands
HM Hospitales in Madrid
Here are the top orthopedic surgeons for shoulder surgery in Spain -
Dr. Oscar Ubaldo Peñalba Suarez; Director of Solcot in SOLCOT Centro Médico, Orthopedic and sports medicine center
Dr. Álvaro Sáez-Arenillas Martín, Specialist in Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology in SOLCOT Centro Médico, Orthopedic and sports medicine center
Dr. Ramón Cugat in Grupo Hospitalario Quirónsalud
Dr. Antonio Narvaez, Head of Orthopaedic Surgery, Traumatology and Sports Medicine in Vithas Xanit International Hospital
Dra. Inmaculada Gómez Arrayás, Chairman of the Department of the Orthopedic Surgery in Ruber Internacional Hospital
The stabilization of a shoulder joint post-surgery is reported to be around 90%. Therefore, the success rate is quite high. The soft tissue requires an adequate period of healing, post the surgery. Hence, a long period of rest is recommended by surgeons.
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