Mr Mark Hurworth FRACS, FAOrthA

CONSULTING & OPERATING
St John of God Murdoch, Geraldton Orthopaedics & St John of God Geraldton

Direct Line (08) 6332 6341 Fax (08) 9310 9394 Email reception@orthowork.com.au

Shoulders

  • SHOULDER ARTHROSCOPY

    Shoulder arthroscopy is mainly used to treat impingement, rotator cuff tearing and instability. It is a common operation in western society – very common in my practice – and successful in around 85% of people. Again, rotator cuff tears are relatively common in the ageing shoulder (more than 15% of people in their 70’s) and not always symptomatic. If your shoulders are not giving you too much trouble, then not repairing a small tear may be a valid option. There are large studies suggesting that non operative treatment in the right patients gives good results, so make sure you discuss this with me.

    I also do an increasing number of arthroscopies on “frozen” shoulders (adhesive capsulitis).

  • SHOULDER REPLACEMENT

    Shoulder replacement is divided into two main types. The first is conventional replacement, where the ball and socket are replaced. The second is a reverse shoulder replacement, which is generally done in shoulders where the rotator cuff muscles and tendons are no longer functional. Both are successful in around 85% of patients. Typically, you are in hospital for two nights, and spend a few weeks in a sling.

    Because the shoulder is not a primary weight bearing joint, it is sometimes appropriate to arthroscope the shoulder first to treat some pathologies with a smaller operation i.e. lower risk higher yield surgery.