Minimally-Invasive Shoulder Surgery
For most shoulder conditions, Mr George-Malal would initially try non-operative treatment modalities including injections and physiotherapy to restore function and reduce any pain and discomfort. Surgery is often only required for a small minority of patients and will be advised if it is the most appropriate course of action.
Shoulder arthroscopy is keyhole surgery of the shoulder joint. Mr George-Malal uses small incisions and special equipment to thoroughly examine the joint and treat various conditions that previously required significant cuts through the skin and damage to surrounding muscles.
This has resulted in faster recovery and much less interference with normal tissues, not to mention the cosmetic advantages. Keyhole surgery may also have lower infection rates compared to open surgery.
Nowadays, most procedures in the shoulder except for complex fractures or joint replacements can be safely performed through keyhole incisions. It also has the advantage of being a day case surgery where you come to the hospital on the day of the operation and go home later in the day.