Private Shoulder Arthroscopy Abroad Avoiding NHS Waiting Times. Why wait longer than you need to and how to avoid NHS Waiting Time for shoulder arthroscopy? The maximum waiting time for non-urgent surgery is 18 weeks, and from what we have learned from our clients, sometimes they where forced to endure pain and possible disability by increasing NHS waiting times for shoulder surgery. With a little proactive thinking and determination, it is possible to get NHS refunded spine surgery sooner well within the 18-week maximum period. If your loved one or yourself are in pain, your wait for surgery is unacceptable for you and it is affecting your everyday activities, read on and discover how you could get required tretment sooner…
What is shoulder arthroscopy?
Shoulder arthroscopy is little invasive treatment abroad during which two or three approximately 1 cm wide incisions are made in the shoulder joint. The arthroscope (video camera objective) is inserted through one of incision points that together with very bright light beam illuminate the completely dark shoulder joint space. In repeated magnification operative surgeon sees the internal space of the shoulder joint on the screen. Surgery is performed through the other incision points.
Arthroscopy surgery is more recommended than open surgical treatment abroad as it is more careful and caring; this surgery can be performed abroad where it is much cheaper than in the UK. Recovery period is comparatively short and scars after the surgery are small.
Arthroscopic stabilisation of the shoulder joint is performed in case of repeated twists of the shoulder joint. With special implant “anchor” shoulder joint and its ligaments are fixed and stabilized protecting shoulder from repeated twists.
During the surgery shoulder joint capsule is released, by splitting it across the surface of the joint (arthrolysis). For example, in case of the “Frozen shoulder” capsule of the shoulder is inflamed, becomes thick and looses elasticity. When it is split during the surgery, full amount of movements in shoulder joint is restored. The treatment abroad can be preformed where the standards are set just as high but is much cheaper.
Why patients chose to have shoulder arthroscopy abroad?
There are more than one reasons depending on diagnose, required treatment, costs and others, these reasons include:
- Costs of total shoulder joint arthroscopy – shoulder joint arthroscopy abroad can often be found at a fraction of the price in the UK (between £300 – £1500).
- No waiting lists for shoulder joint arthroscopy –NHS are having long waiting lists for shoulder joint arthroscopy surgery (over 18 week), but by travelling abroad you can get treatment significantly sooner. And in almost all cases you will be able to get refund shoulder joint arthroscopy abroad.
- Specialised services – private clinics abroad tend to offer specialised orthopaedic surgeons, well educated medical staff newest medical equipment. In situations when you are paying for service, you are expecting high level orthopaedic surgeon and that is what private medical clinics abroad do offer. And who would not want to be treated by same doctor who have operated on sport stars.
Shoulder joint arthroscopy treatment can be covered by NHS and can be refunded, if shoulder joint arthroscopy is received in a private clinic abroad. Shoulder arthroscopy abroad could be alternative you can afford.