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Kapil Kumar: Consultant Shoulder Surgeon, Aberdeen

Consultant Shoulder Surgeon, Aberdeen: Kapil Kumar
Consultant Shoulder Surgeon, Aberdeen: Kapil Kumar

An experienced shoulder surgeon with a special interest in arthroscopic shoulder surgery, offering expert treatment of conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow, including rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder, shoulder arthritis and tennis elbow, based in Aberdeen.

Mr Kapil Kumar is Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Woodend Hospital.  He provides private treatment for shoulder conditions at BMI Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen.

Expert treatment of shoulder and elbow problems in Aberdeen

Mr Kumar is a subspecialist-trained shoulder and upper limb surgeon, having completed Fellowships in shoulder and upper limb surgery at The Reading Shoulder Unit and the Wrightington Hospital in Wigan, both internationally renowned centres for this discipline.  He is skilled in all the latest techniques to treat problems affecting the shoulder and elbow, including arthroscopic (keyhole) shoulder surgery and shoulder replacement surgery.

Shoulder conditions treated by Mr Kapil Kumar

Mr Kumar offers treatment for the full range of conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow, including:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder instability
  • Arthritis of the shoulder
  • Subacromial impingement
  • SLAP tears
  • Tennis elbow

Shoulder arthroscopy in Aberdeen

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive form of surgery used to diagnose and treat problems affecting the shoulder joint.  Performed under general anaesthetic, a fibre-optic probe is introduced into the joint through a small incision, allowing the surgeon to investigate the cause of symptoms such as pain, instability and stiffness.  Some therapeutic procedures can also be conducted by means of special instruments inserted through further small incisions.

Mr Kumar is a highly experienced arthroscopic surgeon, using the technique to treat conditions such as tendon damage, subacromial impingement, loose ligaments and shoulder instability, or scarred, contracted and tightened ligaments, as in the case of a frozen shoulder.

Rotator cuff tear repair

The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that connect the muscles of the upper shoulder to the bones, stabilising the joint and controlling its movement.  One or more of these tendons can become torn as a result of a traumatic injury, overuse or natural wear and tear associated with old age.  Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include pain and weakness in the shoulder, particularly when performing certain movements such as raising the arm above shoulder level.

Small rotator cuff tears may respond to conservative treatment involving physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory injections and medication, however tears that do not heal with this type of treatment and large tears often need to be treated surgically.  Mr Kumar provides surgery to remove any scar tissue and reattach the torn tendon or tendons to the bone.  The procedure may be performed arthroscopically, as an open procedure, or as a combination of the two, depending on the nature of the tear, and Mr Kumar is able to offer his expert advice in each individual case.


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Date of registration:

23 Oct 2000



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Mr. Kapil Kumar 

Tel: 01224 595993                                            Email: kapil.kumar@nhs.net                                                

Treatments offered

  • Shoulder arthroscopy

  • Arthroscopic Shoulder surgery for Subacromial Impingement
  • Rotator cuff tear repair
  • SLAP tear repair
  • Arthroscopic capsular release
  • Shoulder replacement

  • Tennis elbow surgery

  • Elbow arthroscopy

  • Elbow replacement


Qualifications and memberships


  • Master of Surgery (Orthopaedics) University of Delhi 1992

  • MCh(Orth) University of Aberdeen 1997

  • FRCS 1999

  • FRCS(Tr &Orth) 2005


Places of work

BMI Albyn Hospital, 21-24 Albyn Place, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB10 1RW