A Liverpool-based specialist in arthroscopic, reconstructive and replacement shoulder and elbow surgery, providing expert assessment and treatment for the full range of problems affecting the shoulder and elbow joints, including shoulder instability, loss of shoulder movement, sports and traumatic injury, and stiffness or pain in the shoulder or elbow.
Mr Peter Brownson is Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at the Liverpool Upper Limb Unit based at The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. He offers private treatment for shoulder and elbow conditions at Spire Liverpool Hospital.
A leading shoulder and elbow surgeon in Liverpool
Following his medical degree at Liverpool University, Mr Brownson undertook orthopaedic research and training in Nottingham, gaining extensive trauma experience at the internationally renowned Queens Medical Centre. He completed his training with a Fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at the highly regarded Nottingham Shoulder and Elbow Unit directed by Professor W Angus Wallace.
Together with his colleagues at The Royal Liverpool Hospital, Mr Brownson has developed the Liverpool Upper Limb Unit, an international Centre of Excellence for shoulder and elbow surgery. His particular expertise lies in arthroscopic shoulder surgery and he is regularly called upon to demonstrate the latest advanced techniques, both in the UK and overseas, as well as acting as Course Director for the Liverpool Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy Course.
Mr Brownson is the Upper Limb Surgeon to Liverpool Football Club and additionally treats players from three other Premiership clubs. A regular contributor to the academic literature, he is also often approached for his views on upper limb related topics by the media.
Shoulder and elbow conditions treated by Mr Peter Brownson
Mr Brownson offers expert investigation and treatment for the full range of conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow, including:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder and elbow arthritis
- Frozen shoulder
- SLAP tears
- Subacromial impingement
- Barkart lesion
- Winging scapula
- Tennis elbow
- Osteochondritis dissecans
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery in Merseyside
Advances in arthroscopic (keyhole) shoulder surgery, together with imaging techniques such as MRI and CT, have revolutionised way that shoulder problems are diagnosed and treated. Using a miniature video camera introduced through a small incision, the whole of the inside of the joint can be visualised and assessed for damage to the cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone surfaces. Treatments such as shoulder stabilisation in the case of SLAP and Bankart tears, rotator cuff repair, capsular release for frozen shoulder and removal of bony spurs and loose pieces of bone and cartilage can all be performed arthroscopically using specially designed instruments introduced through further small incisions. Occasionally, treatment using an open procedure may be more suitable, and Mr Brownson is able to give his expert opinion in each individual case.
Expert shoulder replacement surgery
Over time, or following an injury, the cartilage protecting the bone surfaces of the ball and socket joint of the shoulder can become worn, allowing the bones to rub together. The resulting stiffness and pain in the joint is known as osteoarthritis. When the pain and lack of mobility in an arthritic shoulder adversely affect the ability to carry out everyday activities, shoulder replacement surgery may be recommended.
Depending on the nature of the damage, Mr Brownson is able replace both the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) and the socket part of the shoulder blade (total shoulder replacement) or, if the socket is healthy, replace the humeral head with a metal implant (hemi or partial shoulder replacement). Alternatively, in some cases it is possible to resurface the head of the humerus in a minimally invasive, bone sparing procedure known as the Copeland Resurfacing Shoulder Replacement.
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