Need a private shoulder arthroscopy?
On Private Healthcare UK, you can find 46 private orthopaedic surgeons and 192 private hospitals offering shoulder arthroscopy surgery and if you’re paying for yourself, you could expect it to cost between £3,000 and £6,185. We have over 20 years' experience helping people to make the right choice about private healthcare.
- Should I go private?
- Find a doctor
- Find a hospital/clinic
- What does it cost?
- Am I covered by insurance?
- Do I need a GP referral?
What is a shoulder srthroscopy?
Shoulder arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used to diagnose and treat pain in the shoulder joint. A camera, or arthroscope, is inserted through a small incision to view inside the shoulder. During shoulder arthroscopy, additional instruments may be inserted to remove damaged cartilage or to treat an infection. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery takes under an hour and is usually performed under a general anaesthetic as a day-case. Shoulder arthroscopy recovery time is dependent on the treatment performed during the surgery. Following arthroscopic shoulder surgery, the arm will be in a sling for a few days. Patients may find lying down uncomfortable, preferring to sleep propped-up for the first few nights. Recovery is likely to involve one or two weeks off work and physiotherapy. Most people regain full mobility in their shoulder joint but this can take several months.
Should I go private?
Choosing to go private for shoulder arthroscopy surgery offers the following benefits:
- Gain access to fast treatment
- Beat the shoulder surgery NHS waiting times
- A choice of when you want to be treated
- A choice of where to be treated
- A choice of the consultant or private surgeon
- Sometimes, access to options which may not be available on the NHS
Private Orthopaedic Surgeons in the UK
The following orthopaedic surgeons perform private shoulder arthroscopy procedures in the UK.
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How do I choose a private shoulder arthroscopy surgeon?
We recommend preparing a list of questions to ask the specialist, you might want to ask:
- Can you provide a detailed profile of your background, experience and qualifications?
- When and where did you receive training in orthopaedic surgery?
- What is your position and role within the NHS?
- How many arthroscopic shoulder procedures do you undertake each year?
- Can I speak to any of your past patients to find out about their experience?
- How much do you charge for the initial consultation?
How much does shoulder surgery cost?
If you're paying for yourself, the shoulder arthroscopy procedure typically costs. £4,270. (between £3,000 and £6,185) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.
What is included in the price?
In most cases, the following is included in the price, but you should double check exactly what is included:
- All medical and nursing care during your procedure
- Hospital fees
- Any drugs that you need while in the hospital
- Surgeon or consultant fees
The price is normally payable on or before admission to the hospital.
Is my private shoulder arthroscopy covered by insurance?
If you have health or private medical insurance, you likely covered for a shoulder arthroscopy – you should check with your insurer and get a claim authorised before booking an appointment with a specialist.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
Many private orthopaedic surgeons are reluctant to see a patient requiring treatment unless there is a referral letter from your GP and we recommend checking with individual specialists to see if this is required or not. If you do not have a GP, many private hospitals can arrange for you to have an appointment with a private GP in their outpatient department.
The practicalities of going private
Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure. You should bring any test results with you so that you won't have to repeat expensive tests or scans - you can get these from your GP. If you are paying for yourself, you should be prepared to pay the consultation fee on the day. If you are insured, remember to bring your registration documents and proof of pre-authorisation.
Didn't find what you're looking for?
If you haven't found an orthopaedic specialist or hospital near you, you might consider widening your search to further afield. Alternatively, you can take the hassle out of searching by using our fast track enquiry service - get personalised advice from three of the leading private hospitals/clinics near you for free and get on the fast track to treatment.
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Authors and sources
- Private healthcare information reviewed by Keith Pollard, UK private healthcare expert and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International Limited
- Medical information reviewed by:
- Reviewed on 24-07-2019; next review scheduled for 24-07-2022
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